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 51.  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 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, 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.






21 thoughts on “About Me……….Now

  1. Pingback: The Scent of a Hundred Rose Petals | Keep Calm and Eat On

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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:)

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.


  8. Hi!

    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”

  9. Hello Ms. Florence,

    I got the chance to read your impressive story “Fighting Cancer with Attitude,” which was published into the Chicken Soup for the Soul book, The Power of Positive. The story was very well and beautifully written indeed and your writing style is beautiful beyond the words can ever describe. God doesn’t put hard things on our way to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength to face the challenges laying ahead of us. You are a talented writer and a wonderful struggler, Florence.

    Best wishes,
    Saudi Arabia

  10. Hi,

    A dear friend of mine has just been diagnosed with vulvar cancer and starting therapy. She has a 9 year old son who is significantly impacted by autism and is looking for help and support for both him and herself as she goes through this. He’s having a tough time, partly because he can’t see where she has an “owie.” It’s still pretty new – just a month from the initial concerns being raised. He’s alternated between ignoring her completely or being totally clingy. The former is devastating to her and the latter is overwhelming. Do you have any suggestions for groups she can contact, or ways to help him?

    • Hi Tobi…..Sorry I missed this. I think the most important thing to remember is just to be PRESENT with her son right now. If she would like to contact me to chat, please give her my email:


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