Posts tagged ‘blog’
I’ve had at least twenty ideas for new blog posts over the past several months. But I’ve not been able to write them. Sometimes it’s difficult to form words around what my heart really wants to say. To go to the levels it takes to process thoughts enough to put them into sentences – much less sentences people can read.
But, I love being a writer. And I’m learning as time goes on, my place in this world is to be a writer. I don’t take the job lightly.
As a writer, I talk about the world as I see it. It helps me contribute and give back. It makes me process. And in that processing, it validates others.
Writing helps me cope with the loss of my friends. There’s been a lot lately. It helps me say farewell and leave a lasting tribute to them. It helps me remember the great things about them. When I can write about losing a friend, somehow the writing seals in the memories. Recently I said goodbye to my friend Belle. She was a writer, too.
Writing also helps me celebrate. I write a lot for work. I penned the celebration of the president recognizing Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – something we didn’t expect this year. I wrote about my 14th “Survivor-versary.” I like to write about good things too. Life’s too short to stay focused on the negative.
So today, I write. Why today, I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s because my strength is gone after a long week of traveling and I lack the energy to do much more then string words together for a blog. Maybe it’s because a well of emotions sits heavy on my heart as close friends continue to battle disease and hug their loved ones for what they fear will be one last time. And maybe it’s because over the past several weeks as I’ve sought after my purpose and role God would have me play in this big journey – this big problem – called cancer, I keep hearing one constant word: write.
Hi….you spurred me on to have a colonoscopy this past Monday…..
That’s how an awesome email I received a few days ago began from one of my faithful blog readers. Receiving feedback like this makes the risk of putting out my life stories on this crazy blog all the more worthwhile.
Here’s the thing about SemiColon Stories … it’s been tagged as a “humorous” blog as of late. That cracks me up in itself. You see, when I set out on my blogging ship last fall, I didn’t really have any intentions of trying to be funny. I just thought I’d work on my writing skills and use a subject I have lots of material to write about. I’d share things about my life to help tell everyone else about colon cancer while becoming a better writer.
Well, what’s fun to me is that my little writing project has turned into something so much more. I don’t write the short, memoir-esque stories I had planned on and instead give snippets about daily life and what’s on my mind … or coming out of my rear. And in the meantime, people have found it insightful, interesting, (maybe gross), humorous, and even motivating. It’s gotten people talking about all things colon, which is awesome, and others are taking steps toward improving their colon health – or at least eating better foods.
So here’s to everyone who’s been affected by SemiColon Stories thus far. If it’s provided you a good laugh, that’s awesome and I hope you keep enjoying my crazy colon stories. If it’s made you buy one organic item at the store, you go! If it’s given you a deeper understanding about surviving cancer in general, I hope you spread awareness for us (or at least have patience when we can’t remember anything or have an occasional identity crises.) And last, if it’s actually spurred you on to look twice at your poo, encourage a friend to do the same, or even get a colonoscopy – you rock my face off and keep it going!