Oh no. I saw my 2nd Blogiverary recognized on my Facebook feed through Geneabloggers first thing this morning. I had nothing prepared. People would stop by. I hadn’t even submitted any info this year. I’d better get busy!
I looked for a picture of me when I was two years old. I look two in this one. It even seems appropriate, given what’s been up with me.
At this time last year a cancer diagnosis was no where on my radar. And certainly not a stem cell transplant. I’ve spent a lot of time this past year sitting and eating whatever tasted good to me. (See rocking chair and animal crackers.) I’m through the worst of it all, and I’ve even started cooking – just a little – the past couple of days. (See apron.) I’ve put my walking shoes back on (although not white leather high-tops) and I’m getting stronger every day. And just like the photo above, I still close my eyes when my picture is taken….
My blogging has certainly suffered this past year. Chemo brain and fatigue do not a good writer make. And when I did write, it was most often on my Caring Bridge page. I jumped from theme to theme, trying to find something my chemical brain would latch onto and follow through with – pretty much to no avail. I had to give up Sepia Saturday as I just couldn’t pull it off. I joined in on The Book of Me – and completed two of those. And much later I joined in on The Secret Life of Bloggers – for a while. Focus, you might say, has been an issue. I’ll be dealing with chemo brain and fatigue for a while, but I’m so much better now and I know I’ll get my blogging mojo back.
A lot of bloggers share stats from the previous year. I have none to share with you, but I’ll tell you that I get hits on My Big Tall Italian Wedding Cake nearly every day. Probably not exactly what the searchers were seeking….
If you are inclined to read some of my thoughts about cancer/treatment, readers seemed to enjoy The Power of Symbols. And readers of my Caring Bridge page gave me positive feedback on my post People Seem to Think I Have a Good Attitude.
I’ve got ideas floating around in this little chemo brain and they are trying hard to be released in a coherent form. And I have posts that I started but never finished that may make appearances. (I can post a Christmas story any time, right? Say in May?) And new cousins contacted me that I need to follow-up with. That is so exciting! I’ll get there too.
I get a little impatient these days. I’ve been through the fire and I’m ready to be back to some semblance of normal, but I have to remind myself that it takes time.
I already have a photo picked out for next year’s blogiversary, so hopefully I’ll prepare ahead of time and I won’t be writing something off the cuff the morning of.
Many many thanks to those of you who have stuck with me this past year!