Why do I Write this Blog?
I thought this would be a great way to conclude a 3 post cycle centered around Thanks and Giving before we head into the home stretch of the end of 2015 and the end of my first year of blogging… And since I have written a few posts abnormally close together, I promise only a few hundred words this time, just slightly longer than an @ tweet 🙂 (although I admit I am a more successful blogger than tweeter!)
Why do I write this blog? At a base level, I use it to update my personal status for my family & ever growing circle of friends now the world over (I just checked – I now have readership in 104 countries!). Although I mostly stay positive (not for show, it is in my Root Directory), I sometimes use it as a means of catharsis when I have to share any not so good news about myself or others. The ultimate group therapy! ha
I’ve explained on the Home Page and elsewhere that a major broader goal is for this blog to bridge the Stage IV cancer patent and medical scientist worlds to inspire each of them. To share each others’ viewpoints and information on the joint problem of Cancer that they are both fighting from different directions – but unfortunately usually without talking to each other as much as they should.
A major fuel which keeps me working so hard on all my numerous writing & advocacy projects, including this blog, is the feedback I get. Feedback of thanks for information, thanks for inspiration, thanks for Hope. That is my favorite word: Hope.
I love getting all of that feedback. Letters, emails, family pictures, blog comments, Facebook texts & comments, twitter messages & followers, blog subscribers, the occasional home made & regional physical gifts. Since I started publishing in China (with the help of an entire army of translators shown below!), I receive numerous WeChat messages and comments written in Chinese too – I truly do appreciate all of them!
I know I have touched someone on a very personal & needed level whenever I get even the smallest bit of feedback. It energizes me in both my fight for others & in my fight against my own cancer!.
I received something very special in the mail today. I usually can’t share notes of thanks I get, no matter how touching they are, because they are too personal in nature to reprint. This card I received today was beautiful in both its simplicity and its heartfelt hand written message from a child. It was also written in such a way that I can share it without breaking confidence.
Why Do I Write This Blog?
The child’s handwritten message, phonetic misspelling included, says it all: “Your story is a insparation to all kids who have lost hope.”
Specific advocacy and blog goals aside, the card I received today from a kid I have never physically met before? That sums up perfectly why I write this blog. To inspire those, kids and otherwise, who have lost Hope.