What’s Next?

Over the past year, I have endured: countless tests and procedures; 3 surgeries resulting in the loss of my left breast and associated lymph nodes; 6 grueling rounds of chemotherapy; and 25 radiation treatments.  In many ways, it was the WORST year of my life!  In that same year: I met my soul mate and fell in love; I accomplished a life- long dream of having an article published in an inter-national magazine; I reached my goal of finding 100 perks of having cancer (scroll down to read all 100 perks); and now I have been offered a contract with a publishing company to turn my perks into a book.  In many ways, it has been the BEST year of my life!

Blogging the perks of having cancer has been one of the most therapeutic parts of my healing journey.  Not only did it help me to maintain a positive attitude in the face of cancer, it also connected me to a large network of fellow breast cancer bloggers.  I faithfully follow my favorites, but the one which has resonated most strongly with me is “The Savvy Sister” (www.sisterearthorganics.wordpress.com).  Susan, a Registered Nurse, blogs about healthy living tips.  While I found myself tuning in to Susan’s blog for its entertaining and educational posts on nutrition, diet, exercise and supplements, she would follow mine for its humor and inspiration.

As I neared the end of my perks, I invited Susan to team up with me to write a 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 happy lifestyle following a cancer diagnosis.  (Yeah, you heard that right, the words “healthy”, “happy” and “cancer” in the same sentence.)  We plan to donate part of the proceeds from our book to fund cancer research.

So, first of all, I want to thank every person who has followed my blog and cheered me on in my challenge to find 100 perks of having cancer.  I will continue to blog, even though I have met my goal, but it will be less frequently.  My next big project is the book, and as soon as my chemo-fog as lifted, I will set to work!   I hope you continue to pop by my blog for a visit.  Namaste!


14 thoughts on “What’s Next?

  1. Congratulations on so many wonderful outcomes. Please keep in touch w Drs Rutledge and Walker and the healing and cancer foundation. Maybe there is a collaboration in the future! Warmest wishes – Beth

  2. What a rollercoaster ride this year has been for you!! Congrats first and foremost on being a survivor!!! You have accomplished so much this year with your 100 Blog goal, your magazine article and now a book!! You are such an inspirational person Florence. 🙂 I did cry when I saw your interview on the NTV news…such an emotional interview. Wishing you a road of health and happiness. ~Daphne

  3. Best of everything for your future. And your book. I remember early on I mentioned your blog to a friend at a large publishing house, she is a VP there. I know you probably can not reveal who it is that will publish your book. But early on, I knew the world needed to hear your story. I am thrilled you will be published. I had a very lucky early stage ovarian cancer discovered nearly 12 years ago. I was a lucky one and chose to look at the positive side of my every waking day just like you. I read your blog all the time and admire you so much. Thank you for sharing your story to so many who have traveled your path or know someone they love who had cancer. My Italian Greyhound breeder, Loretta Strang, directed me to you blog.

  4. I dont know you, I dont have cancer, I have only met Lynette twice, but I have read all 100 perks and I will read your book! All the best to you!! Congrats!!

  5. Well done,Florence. I always knew that your blog would make an inspiring and uplifting book,not only for those with a cancer diagnosis,but for anyone going through a rough time, whether it’s medical, emotional or otherwise. I’ll be looking forward to a signed copy.

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