What an amazing response to Annie's guest post on Monday!!
Neither of us can believe the amount of lovely messages of support we've received, thank you so much!
I tell you what you guys, just as Annie's message in her blog post says: 'Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light'....... never has a truer word been said.
Of course, there are moments when one can feel totally alone in all of this & we recognise that, for some people, it's difficult to know what to say to someone diagnosed with cancer....... but that's what it's all about; you don't have to say anything! It's just nice to know that you're there. It's nice to know that you care & that you're 'behind us in this fight!' - even though we hate the word fight! It's great to know that people are learning things about breast cancer & realising how important it is for both men & women to self examine.
In all honesty, I'm feeling pretty useless at the moment. I'm not going to bore you again with a list of side effects from hormone drugs or with how shit I've been feeling (read my last few posts if you need a reminder of this!), what I'm trying to say is that whilst I'm still adjusting to all of this, there's only so much that I can do physically & mentally. (Annie totally puts me to shame by the way, she's been in work all week!)
However, what I can do, is to keep blogging & keep promoting breast cancer awareness in whatever way I can. Cos that makes me feel 'useful' again.
I spent a fair bit of time on Monday promoting Annie's guest post on Twitter & through my Facebook pages. What amazes me is that she's only 27 years old & - judging by the feedback - she is truly, an inspiration to all of us, especially to young women of her age.
Both of our blogs more than doubled their usual daily amount of viewings on Monday & to know that there are people out there that really do care & support us in what we're doing is just amazing.To know that people are learning from it is an extra, massive bonus! Annie's post has encouraged so many people to get in touch, it's been a bit overwhelming......but absolutely fantastic!
An ex-colleague contacted me this week, he said he was shocked to hear that I had breast cancer cos he thought 'only older women got it'. I am so glad that he contacted me to tell me that! Because now he knows!! By reading my blog he's learnt something really important! We're all susceptible to it! Cancer doesn't discriminate!
And you know, sometimes when I'm sitting here feeling a bit redundant, a message like that comes through to me & I realise that one more person has a little more knowledge about this shit disease & I think to myself 'Job done'.
It makes me feel like I'm doing 'something'.
Anyway, once again, thanks for all of the support, the messages, phone calls, texts, emails, tweets etc etc....!!
I haven't had a great week if the truth be known but, it does help to know that I'm not 'alone in the dark'.
And I can't go
I was so honoured that she agreed to write a post for my blog! I think you will agree that she is indeed, an awe inspiring young lady; even if she is .........supercheesy!! (But still fabulous!)
Need a reminder of what I mean? Well, I've been over to her blog this morning & watched the video clip on last nights post & I've had the song in my head all morning now!! Aaaaaaargh!!
But hey, it's actually a good 'therapy' song! I really have been 'Shakin my blues away' & smiling!!
Go & have a look at her latest blog post on Curly Hair & False Eyelashes it's good fun!
I bet you'll be doing it too!!
So long for now, love Chez. xx