Not too long ago, I received a comment on this blog asking me to fill out a survey about breast cancer blogs. Being the sort of person I am, of course I went and completed it.
One of the things which struck me, however, was the apparent supposition that the person who blogs about breast cancer is to illicit support, inform people of their own particular current issue, that sort of thing. I didn't see anything coming through the questions as far as the reason I chose to blog.
I started this blog because I knew of very few people who had had Stage IV breast cancer and survived, and I don't know anyone who has had it and been around as long as I have. That's not to say that they aren't out there, I just don't know of any.
I also wanted to give people hope, especially for those who have been recently diagnosed. Of course, there are those who follow this because they do know me or that they know of someone else who has been in similar circumstances.
Since being diagnosed with my own recurrence, I have often hesitated to post about my current struggle. I just didn't want anyone to get depressed that I am now going through this too. I still struggle with that...but I also see this as an opportunity to tell about how the drugs are working on me, and some of the things I have found out as once again, I'm going into an area where I don't know of anyone who has been in similar circumstances to me.
So...I'll continue...until I think that I don't have anything pertinent to share, or it just becomes too hard. Rest assured, if you don't hear from me for a while it is probably that the job of raising a teenager, keeping a household running, maintaining my own business, gardening, and all the other things I do have been interfering with the blog. :)