Time to Get Started

Since being diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2011, my family and friends have encouraged me to write about my experiences. Kinda makes sense. After all, I get paid to write for a living. But for the longest time, I haven't been in the right frame of mind or physical condition to write, much less think, clearly. Although I have yet to fully recover and I'm still dealing with complications, my major treatments and surgeries are hopefully behind me.

So I'm ready to go. I can begin to reflect on what has been the most difficult experience of my life. Where the heck did all this cancer stuff come from? How is it affecting me and my family? What is it like to cope with a diagnosis where the odds aren't too good...go through chemotherapy treatments that shake your body and blur your mind...and recover from a surgery that has the word "radical" two times in its official description? (I got the point with the first mention.)

I've been dealing with all this with the help of some amazing people, who you will meet in my blogs. Doctors that scare the life out of you with their words, but save your life with their actions. Nurses who are God's angels on earth, watching over you and being there for every difficult moment. And family and friends that rally to your side in every imaginable way, somehow convinced that you can beat this thing. Each blog entry will chronicle a specific experience, be it physical, emotional, spiritual or all three. And I'll keep going until I think I've covered everything important.

The blogs are intended for my family, friends, other cancer patients and survivors, and caretakers. To be blunt, the blogs are not easy to write. They bring up events and emotions that are still difficult to fully absorb. Hopefully, I can get all these down in words. And we all can learn something from the experience.

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Thanks for starting this blog, Jim. It's been gratifying to hear about your amazing recovery, and I'm looking forward to reading your insights.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Henderson

You will be doing so much for so many by your blog. I would say that Thanksgiving had a much greater meaning this year in particular. Your friends, family, and those that are unknown to you, but share your experience are grateful -

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Siebert

I can't wait to read more, Jim! What a great way to share your gift of telling stories like no other can.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Halloran

Dear Jim,
This year's Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons have so much more meaning to all of us because of you. Your strength throughout all of this has been amazing. Your blog will help others know that there is some hope throughout all the awfulness.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Brennan

Jim, you're a great writer and I'm looking forward to experiencing your life and thoughts over the past few months each step of the way. Thank you for starting a blog that will mean so much to your friends and family.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Nielsen

Very cool, Jim. This should be cathartic for you and terribly helpful to others going through similar situations, Keep going!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercathy

Very cool, indeed, Jim. I echo so many of the other comments made. I can't even imagine how much this will help those who have experienced cancer, but I am most amazed at how much you will touch those of us who, as you say, have managed thus far to escape the disease. Perhaps your writing talent has been given to you "for such a time as this." Looking forward to your next entry!

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn Legge

When I hear of folks with a life threatening disease I think the worst thing to follow is the thought "things happen for a reason". Let's face it, cancer can't have a good reason. However, when i think of you (Jim), I think of someone who has taken the sh&t you have been dealt and found how you can grow and touch others because of the experience. I hope this website will be less about cancer and more about getting to know you even better. Great people make great things happen. The only positive of this disease is that it has provided you a way to let others in, and help us all grow a bit because of it. Looking forward to what is to come. T,

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia McClung

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