My On-Line Relationship

I don’t care what people think, there is something to be said for “online relationships”.  Take me and Susan, for example (my co-writer of 100 Perks of Having Cancer).   Right from her first comment on my blog:  “I flippin’ LOVE your blog!”, there was a spark.  When I followed her link to the Savvy Sister blog, and cyber-met this feisty red-head who knew so much about cancer prevention, I was smitten.  We flirted around for a few months, making witty comments on one another’s blogs, and then I took a leap of faith.

I wrote to her:  “Susan, will you marry me?  Just kiddin’, actually what I really want to propose is that we write a book together which combines our two blogs.”

She replied, “Flo, we live in two different countries.  How will we ever manage to write a book together?  I think it would be easier if I just marry you!”

But I was not giving up that easily, I pursued her until eventually she gave in and said yes to my proposal…..ahhhhhh, I mean the book proposal of course.   After about 15 months of hard labor, we finally gave birth to our baby:  100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It.  (Which, by the way, is now available for pre-sale at Amazon….find it HERE)!

Well, finally on June 25th, I got to meet Susan in person for the very first time when she came to visit me in Newfoundland.  I was feeling kind of apprehensive as I drove to the airport to pick her up.  You know what it is like when you are talking to someone on-line.   You think you are talking to this person:

sexy lady

When you actually are talking to this person:

old lady

It is very easy for people to misrepresent themselves as being nicer, smarter, funnier, more attractive, and yes, even skinnier, when they are hiding behind a computer screen.   However that was certainly not the case for Susan, the Savvy Sister.   While this is the image I had of her before meeting Susan:

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This is how she looked in real life:


Even more bubbly, full of fun and beautiful, both inside and out, than I could have ever imagined.

So we had loads of fun:

Eating (healthy, delicious, plant based foods….Susan is a fabulous cook!):

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And doing some work, including two radio interviews:

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You can listen to our CBC interview HERE.

And now Susan and I have resumed our on-line relationship, but are so pumped about seeing each other at our book launch in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22.  WOOT!  WOOT!

14 thoughts on “My On-Line Relationship

  1. So proud of you keep up the great work you are doing reading your blog gives me a lot of hope sometimes when I read them I find a hidden message from above thanks so much for you kind words of wisdom maybe I will just have to order the book and treat myself to a beautiful day of reading have a wonderful day

  2. I think it’s so wonderful that you guys connected and wrote this book together. Online connections are real and powerful! And congrats to both of you on your book. Writing a book is hard (I know – I’ve failed at it!), but you guys did it. You guys are awesome!! Celeste 🙂 PS – Cute post, by the way!

  3. I first read your post this morning in my email and was disappointed in the pictures you choose to distinguish what you think your on line friend looks like versus what they do look like. So I signed on to your blog just now to tell you just that and was pleasantly surprised to see you changed the pictures. I thank you for that.

    Good luck with your book, I have enjoyed your blog posts over the past year or so

    • Carol, it was bad judgement on my part. Soon after I posted it, I realized that it was in bad taste, and very stereotypical. I apologize to anyone I may have offended. I welcome your comments!

  4. I love this! It’s one of my most treasured things about the blogosphere when we truly connect with someone online and then have the joy of meeting them in real life and discovering they are even more wonderful in person. So excited for you two and wishing you both lots of success in your future projects together.

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    • I agree Sherry…..and I have a feeling that we will be somehow working with you and Sharon to spread the message that a cancer diagnosis does not have to be viewed as a death sentence!

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