Friday, March 23, 2012

"Be well, do good work, and keep in touch." ~Garrison Keillor

It's been one month since I finished active treatment. Writing a blog about cancer when you don't have it anymore isn't as easy as you might think. I'm torn about continuing. I've loved writing this blog and I really feel it has been a form of therapy for me but I'm not quite sure where it goes from here. Monthly entries checking in to tell you all I'm still kicking? That seems rather macabre.

Many people have asked me how I've coped so well with a cancer diagnosis. I've had many people say to me that they never could have done what I've done, which I just don't believe. You really don't know how you will react until you are faced with a situation and then, you'll soon find that you don't really have a choice in the matter. I had to deal with cancer (or not, and just wait to die - no thanks!). All the choice I had was in trying to be as positive as I could be. For me, knowing I had an audience that would read what I wrote was helpful. I thought of you all as I went through this.

From the beginning I wondered how I could explain this experience in a way that people I love, who couldn't be here, would understand it. How could I make cancer less scary for you and hopefully, at the same time, for me. That is what this blog has really been about: sharing my experience, letting people know I'm doing okay, and if I'm really lucky, helping other women or their families who are facing a similar diagnosis.

But now, aside from the 6 month check-ins, I don't have the wealth of source material I once did. I'm so grateful that this is the case, but it still doesn't resolve the "cancer blog without cancer" issue. So, for now,  I'm putting Boobey Trapped on hiatus. What does that mean? It means that I'm not going to update very often. I'll try to stop by and update occasionally, about tests or thoughts on cancer and life, but it certainly isn't likely to be as regularly as it once was.

For those of you who stumble upon this blog because you have been diagnosed, please don't worry about the fact that I'm not writing. I hated finding blogs about women with breast cancer that just ended. I, being the eternal pessimist, always worried that this meant something bad for the woman who had written the blog and often that made me very worried for myself. Try not to worry as much I do. Instead, you should assume that I am off, living a happy, active, cancer free life and therefore can't be bothered to write in my old blog. It's the likeliest option anyway.


  1. My thoughts: This doesn't need to be a cancer-only blog. I think the greatest thing to share is that life can go on after cancer. There is so much more to write about (if you feel like it, of course).

  2. You can go back to writing non-cancery things in your other blog now, maybe? I'm stalking you, so this would work out nicely for me.

  3. I find this bitter-sweet. I am so glad you are cancer free, but even though we skyped frequently is was still nice to read your thoughts and experiences in your blog. I am with Jane, please continue your other blog. Dad

  4. Yeah! Continue writing, but about living in Korea, dog cafes and food adventures!!

  5. It's been so lovely hearing from you this often, even if it were not for the greatest reason. It made me feel like we were sittin' sippin' coffee together catching up on each other's lives. I am so, so unbelievably happy you are on the mend, and I sincerely hope your blog was as therapeutic for you as it was for us.

    I saw an amazing episode of Oprah that stuck with me. People were on talking (and stressing) about the financial crisis and one Spiritual leader said this... "This is the gift of seeing your soul UNFOLD."

    You have been given the opportunity to see who the real, brave, STRONG and beautiful Laura is... and we've been lucky enough to join you on this whirl-wind journey <3