About Me……….Now



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A lot has happened since I began this blog in October, 2011, so I thought it fitting to write a new “About Me”.   For example, I am no longer 44, I am now 47.  I no longer consider myself a  cancer warrior, but rather a cancer survivor.  I also have come to realize that I was a survivor all along, even when cancer was invading my body.  Being a survivor is not all about being cancer free….it is about attitude!

When I started blogging the perks of having cancer, I had no idea how it would change my life!  It began as a little project to keep my spirits up through my cancer treatments.  Soon I discovered that not only was the blog helping me, but there were others out there getting inspiration and a good laugh from what I was writing.

Soon the local media took an interest in what I was doing, and I got to enjoy my “15 minutes of fame!” When a reporter who was covering my story suggested, “This sounds like a book in the making…” a lightbulb went off in my head.  A BOOK!  That would be a dream come true.  So I teamed up with Susan Gonzalez, a fellow breast cancer blogger (www.sisterearthorganics.wordpress.com), and we wrote our book: 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It.  Our mission is to show people that it is possible to live a healthy and a happy lifestyle following a cancer diagnosis.  But we didn’t stop there….Susan and I have created the first ever of its kind, on the planet, online cancer survivorship program called Cancer Plan 4 Life.  This program is for those who want to live a healthier lifestyle after cancer and reduce their risk of recurrence.  Check it out by clicking the link to your right.  Live life by our motto: Survive and Thrive!

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judy Gattis Smith
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 13:43:53

    I like your new About Me. I know how you feel. I too am a cancer survivor and I too decided to write a book about it. Now I am writing a blog about the book. http://learningfromcancer.blogspot.com. I woul be happy to send you a copy of my book.


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  3. hopeforheather
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 15:29:48

    I should do something along these lines….the 101 perks of having a genetic condition. Hum.


  4. Tracey Harris
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 23:50:35

    I just heard your interview on F1 A1R radio, it was great! You are very upbeat and your energy and positive outlook are contagious!


  5. Vicki Flaherty
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 13:57:18

    Good for you, kindred spirit! I found your comment on Misifusa’s blog, The Presents of Presence (www.misifusa.wordpress.com). I’m a survivor, too, who wrote a book out of her cancer experience…www.mostlymyheartsings.wordpress.com. I look forward to following you!


  6. Vicki Flaherty
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 14:49:06

    Guess what?! You are the recipient of the Super Sweet Blogging Award! (http://abundelic.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/super-sweet-blogging-award/) Thanks for your inspiration!


  7. Linda at Beautiful Ideas
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 01:30:42

    Congratulations, Florence! I am looking forward to your book.


  8. celestedimilla
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 03:31:00

    Hey there! I don’t have cancer, nor am I a cancer survivor, but I’m still inspired by you. I do follow a plant-based diet, however. My husband and I started eating this way a year ago for my husband’s health. Like you, before we made the transition, we thought we were eating healthy. A healthy cooking class at Whole Foods Market, reading “The Engine 2 Diet” and watching “Forks Over Knives” opened our eyes, however. The change in our health (and looks) has been dramatic. A few weeks ago I started a blog to promote this lifestyle, honkifyourevegan.com. I’m just getting used to blogging, but I’m enjoying it. Anyway, I’m going to follow your blog so I can continue being inspired by you. Celeste:)


  9. Melinda J. Hiscock M.D.
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 03:49:11

    Hi Florence, I’m a Newfoundlander who has lived away for over 30 years. Currently, I’m a Board certified OB/GYN physician in Texas who has been involved in diagnosing a variety of cancers affecting women over the years. It is not one disease and there is not just one response. Your decision to use humour and a positive outlook to become a cancer SURVIVOR appears to be working well. My sister Joanne Elton, shared your blog with me and I’m going to share it with several friends who are actively engaged in a similar battle. Stay strong and continue to live each day to it’s fullest !! God Bless you and your family. I’m with Ben in his statement that Guardian Angels are watching over you!! I look forward to meeting you in Newfoundland one day soon.


  10. Vicki Flaherty
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 14:04:10

    I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award – thanks for sharing of yourself and bringing light into my days!


  11. Wilf Sutton
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 20:11:03

    Florence you are an inspiration to all…. So pleased to have met you at NLCPA this week. God Bless.
    Trepassey, NL


  12. Roy Hall
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 16:46:00

    Florence, really great blog and big heart!

    Can I share you on my Hangouts #LiveCancerShow? (www.RoyHallMD.com)



  13. Roy Hall
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 03:05:02

    What I would like is to feature you in a live interview over 30 minutes on a Google Hangouts. I do not sell anything on my show. My goal is to broadcast what it is you are doing to others. If you want to discuss more, send me a email and I can discuss it.

    Thanks. Get up the great Blog.



  14. traktortoff
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 02:30:26


    I was wondering if my film project might be something that would interest you as a blogger!

    I am a film student at LIU Post on Long Island, and I am currently making a film about a family at the verge of breaking apart because of breast cancer.

    My mother had breast cancer, and I was sure she was going to die. This film is based on the grief that my family and I experienced during that time.
    We have a fundraising campaign going now here: http://www.momshort.com

    Id be happy to share more info, if you would like!

    Thank you,

    Tore Hynnekleiv,
    Director of “Mom”


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