Most of you probably found this link from my Caring Bridge site. Though it’s probably not necessary to anyone but me, I feel I should explain why I decided to start blogging over here instead of continuing there.
First and foremost, Caring Bridge is a site that is supported by tributes for when people are very sick or dying. I am not dying, thankyouverymuch; I am living. Living with a serious disease, yes, but living nonetheless. Writing is a great outlet for me. It always has been. I felt very limited at the Caring Bridge site for a couple of reasons. One, I felt like I could only post about things related to my illness. And that is not who I am. It is part of who I am, but certainly not all of me. Secondly, I felt very naked there. I have a sense about what I am and am not comfortable putting out there on the internet. My Caring Bridge site lists my full name, where I live, and lots of personal information. I feel much more comfortable over here where I can be both more anonymous and more free at the same time.
Another (and perhaps the biggest) reason for moving to WordPress was that I hate the way they do comments. The “Guestbook” option is very limiting and I found myself very frustrated with wanting to reply to certain comments and not being able to. It may take me a little time to get used replying here, but I hope it will give me a little more freedom to do so.
It still amazes me that there are people out there who want to read what I have to say. I hope to use this blog as a tool for updating those who want to know about my journey with peritoneal mesothelioma, but also to talk about things going on in my life and perhaps even to educate and advocate about my disease. I never in a million years expected to be where I am today, especially at such a young age, but with God’s grace I am taking it one day at a time. Thank you for wanting to journey with me.