Another blogger I respect, and who has been doing this a lot longer than I have, has issued a blogging challenge, called a blog hop. I’ve never done this before, but what the heck, right?
Nancy, of Nancy’s Point, has offered a set a questions for us to answer, so here goes:
1. Who are you?
I’m a 62-year-old retired communications and fundraising executive. I’m married to the best guy in the world, and have two wonderful children. I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in June of 2018. I live in beautiful upstate New York. I started my blog, Fuck Cancer, a few months into treatment as a way to cope with what I was going through, and to keep family and friends up-to-date. The blog is simply a way to chronicle my experience and perhaps to offer some hope and comfort to others going through this. As time has passed, the blog seems to be more of the latter and less of the former. I keep telling myself I’ll stop when I don’t have anything else to say, but that hasn’t happened yet!
2. Have you ever participated in a blog hop before?
Never, first time for me!
3. What is your favorite sort of blog post to write and/or read?
I tend to gravitate toward personal stories, and that tends to be what I write as well. I like to read small vignettes that tell a larger story, and I’m sometimes able to write those as well. I’m often looking for a “light at the end of the tunnel,” but as I well know, sometimes the tunnel is dark and the light not visible. I’m okay with that as well.
4. Describe yourself in three words.
Strong. Passionate. Introvert.
5. Name three of your favorite books from your youth that had an impact on you.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
6. What are you reading right now, or what’s on your to-read list for when you have time?
I just finished reading a few novels focused on immigration stories — Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. Recommend them all very highly!
7. What’s your favorite dessert of all time?
Coconut custard pie (not coconut cream pie). It was one of the few things I was able to eat during chemo, too.
8. Tell us about a special pet you have, had, or would like to have.
Our last dog, Lexie, was a rescue. She was a lab/border collie mix with a heart condition. She only lived to age 7, and yes, I’m one of those crazy dog parents who spent a small fortune to get her a pacemaker at age 2. She was a bit hyper as a puppy, but a real love.
9. What’s something people don’t know about you and might be surprised to learn?
I studied mathematics and German in college.
10. Do you believe healthcare is a privilege or a right?
I think that everyone should have access to affordable healthcare. I would not be alive today if it were not for the healthcare I was fortunate enough to get.
11. What’s your favorite thing about blogging and/or reading blogs?
I wrote professionally for 30 years and never really thought I had it in me to write for myself. After all those years of writing for others, I didn’t think I could find my own voice. But blogging offered me a way to not only tell my story and find a way through the nightmare of cancer, but also use my brain during a really tough time, and it still offers that.
12. What’s something you really suck at?
Anything involving eye/hand coordination. Don’t ask me to throw a ball. I’m serious about that.
13. What’s something you’re pretty good at?
I’m good at math, and still love to solve math problems. I also love word games.
14. How do you escape from cancer (or life in general) worries?
Swimming. When I get in the water and start to swim laps, everything else slips away and I just focus on my breathing and my stroke. It’s glorious.
And here’s the link to the blog hop: