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Changing the Focus


I will turn 50 this month. In honor of this milestone -- and just because I want to -- I am changing the focus of my blog.

10 years ago at the age of 40, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer -- papillary carcinoma. I started this blog after my first surgery as a means to communicate. I had lost my voice for about three weeks, and speaking was a challenge. Many well-meaning folks called in the days after my surgery to check on me. While it was fine that Chris and my mom provided updates, I missed being in contact with people. So I started writing.

Along the way, I learned that I liked to write and also found other cancer patients and survivors along the way. I needed an outlet, and, unexpectedly, my blog provided some perspective for those newly diagnosed as well as those of us who must endure the various follow-up visits and the anxiety that accompanies them.

My last cancer blog post was three years ago. Believe me, the anxiety is still there, but after two recurrences, I've had none in five years!

I'm finding that I want to write again. As I turn 50 and continue my journey as an empty nester in addition to a person who just graduated from college (just kidding...that was 1990. It just FEELS like it was yesterday.), you will hear more from me, just not about cancer. OK, well maybe about cancer from time to time, but it won't be the focus.

So let's officially turn the page. This blog is now officially about being old when you don't feel old. Well, some days, I do feel old. And parenting young adults. And life with a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. And living in an area (DMV --District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) where sports aren't a priority, but yet they are to me. And how I hate cooking but love food. You get the idea.

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