We passed a couple milestones recently. And the occasion was made even more special by an email from a grateful reader. It’s the sort of thing that keeps us going. The visit counter just ticked over 70,000. About the same time I recalculated the blogs on all the lists. I have discovered quite a few new ones lately. The new total comes to over 1200 personal cancer blogs!
Just before I wrote this post I finished doing some redesigning of the Cancer Blogs Lists. I have combined the cervical and ovarian lists under a new “Gynecologic Cancers” section. I renamed “Widows and other Survivors” into the more direct title “Grief Blogs”. I edited the “Uncommon Cancers” section, moving many of the blogs to other more appropriate lists (for instance, “Wilm’s tumor” blogs to the “Kidney Cancer” section as this is a type of childhood cancer of the kidneys). Diseases with smaller number of blogs – bone, bladder, pancreatic, testicular, etc – move to the “Miscellaneous Cancers” page. Finally, the now smaller “Uncommon Cancers” list resides on the “Miscellaneous” page also.
What I am really excited about today is the following email:
I found your blog a little over a year and a half ago. After being diagnosed with oral cancer on January 20, 2009, I started frantically searching the web for any information I could find. I found a blog of a young woman who had a diagnosis of cancer almost identical to mine, hers was the one and only blog I found, at that time, that was so close to my diagnosis. I found her blog to be so critical in my understanding of what I was going to be facing. Since then my computer crashed and I have been unable to locate her blog again. I did, however, after viewing her blog, create one of my own to chronicle my experience in the hope of not only keeping our many family, friends and acquaintances informed in how I am doing, but also to hopefully be a help to anyone who may receive this horrible diagnosis in the future. I have tried to be very informative on by blog including some graphic and very unflattering pictures of my cancer journey.
I check your blog daily, excited to read each new post. I can’t tell you how much help and comfort I have received from reading the blogs of other cancer patients you have made available from your web site. It was so wonderful to find your web site at a time when I was desperately seeking to hear from others who have been through what I was facing. I don’t know if you would be interested in including my blog on your site or not. It has been my desire, in writing it, to possibly be a help to anyone else facing this rare form of oral cancer. My blog is There Will Be Grace
Once again THANK-YOU for taking the time to set up and continue to add to, and maintain your web site!!!! It seems as if every post I read, touches my life in some way.
Today’s entry, Cancer Symptoms Endure, is so relevant to what I have been experiencing lately. It is wonderful to know I am not alone in the things I am experiencing a year after finishing treatments. Before my cancer diagnosis I hadn’t been to the doctor in probably five years, but now sometimes, I find myself wondering if I have been sick for so long that these symptoms are somehow only in my mind. Then I read something you or one of your guest speakers have written and it helps to know I am not so unusual!!! Wow, I can’t say thank-you enough!!!