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I’m taking a short time-out from blogging. I do this every year about now for just a bit. I’ll still be around on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere; but the blog posts are on hold for a week, or two, or three, or until whenever I get back at it.

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In addition to being the author of Getting Past the Fear, I am also in charge of sales, marketing, publicity and whatever else needs to be done when promoting one’s book. And now it’s time for an update and to say some thank yous as well.

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Recently there have been numerous articles surfacing here and there offering commentary on ABC’s Good Morning America’s Amy Robach’s recent interviews in which she shared thoughts on her cancer experience. I didn’t think I had any more to add and maybe I really don’t, but something’s been bothering me and so I’m “writing it out” here.

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After you heard those terrible words, you have cancer, did you ever stop and ask yourself, or ask anyone else for that matter, why me? I’ve heard, rather I’ve read, some say they never thought or asked why me? In fact, some even take it the other direction and ask, why not me?

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I hate to exercise. There I said it. What about you? This of course does not mean I do not exercise. I do. There are many things each of us does on any given day that we don’t like to do, but yet we do them. For me, exercise is one of these things. While I don’t like exercising, I do love how I feel when I’m finished and I know it’s good for me, so yes, I do it. I exercise.

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There are certain topics in Cancer-land that come up time and time again. One of these topics is what you should say or not say to a cancer patient. Generally, I try not to critique too harshly what people say or do not say because most people mean well. Generally, I try to refrain from suggesting what people should or should not say; well, most of the time anyway.

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The other day I read a piece by fellow blogger, Lori Marx-Rubiner called, “When a Patient Chooses a Different Path.” It’s an excellent piece of writing and I recommend that you read it if you haven’t. By the way, Lori also happens to be the new president of METAvivor Research and Support, an organization I whole-heartedly support. Yay, Lori! And Congrats too!

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Back in 2004 when my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer, the very first online resource I turned to was Breastcancer.org. I don’t remember how I ended up there or exactly why; I only know that I did. I still have articles I printed off from the site during that tumultuous time. 

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