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Thank You For Reading Nancy’s Point!

Blogging was never in my plans, but then again, neither was breast cancer. (Gosh, I should probably write a post on that!). As I wrote about before, I keep blogging because at this point in time I can’t imagine not blogging. This blog is my safe place, my go to place where I can say/write things that are hard for me to say elsewhere. I like that. I need that.

This is not to say I don’t talk about the topics I write about with my family and friends (although admittedly, some of them I don’t).

It’s more due to the fact that just as it’s probably true with your family, my family is busy with the business of living. Life goes on. Stuff happens. Schedules are hectic. Things of the mundane and sometimes things of the extraordinary happen and must be tended to. We don’t sit around talking about cancer stuff all the time or even that often.

But I still want to do that. I still need to do that.

And so no matter how busy my life gets, this blog is my safe haven where I can freely do that.

This blog is where I share, vent, rant, create, explore, connect, advocate, grieve, educate (hopefully), heal, ramble, opinionate, make friends, support, get support, be understood, learn and grow as a writer/person/advocate to name a few things.

This blog is like therapy for me. You, dear readers, are my therapists. You read. You listen. You validate. You understand. You motivate. You share. You get it. You do more than you realize!

Sure, sometimes you disagree too, but that only makes things more interesting, right?

And you are always out there 24/7.

What could be better than that?

So, I’d like to say a great big thank you to all of you who read Nancy’s Point regularly, or just when the mood strikes you. A special thanks to those of who who’ve been hanging around since the beginning (you know who you are!) and still choose to read my ramblings on a regular basis!

I am grateful to all my readers. I am grateful for YOU. I truly am.

Thank you for reading Nancy’s Point!

How many blogs do you read regularly? 

Why do you read blogs?

 

 

39 thoughts on “Thank You For Reading Nancy’s Point!

    1. Cancer Curmudgeon, I have a feeling lots of us blog for that reason – among other reasons as well of course. I feel quite free on my blog. Of course there are still topics I’ve avoided for various reasons, but overall, it is indeed my safe place to write and say what I want. And I love the sense of community that has developed. So glad you’re part of it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

    2. Dear Nancy, I just finished your book, Cancer was not a gift…. Thank you more than I can say for putting all of my thoughts into words that I was unable to communicate as well as you. You validated every feeling and emotion and frustration I have experienced. I was able to relate completely to your book, including the death of my own mother to breast cancer and my diagnosis years later. I am curious as to what kind of breast cancer you had. Ductal? Lobular? Mine was lobular. Thank you so much for sharing it all!

      1. Donna, Thank you so much. Your comment made my day. I’m sorry your mother was stolen by mbc too. My bc was invasive ductal carcinoma.

        1. Thank you Nancy. I would love to communicate with anyone out there who has had the same type bc as me. I’m 61, diagnosed Oct 2016 with stage 3 , grade 1, hormone receptive, lobular bc. I did chemo and reconstruction. I’ve tried Tamoxifen and Arimidex with terrible side effects. If there’s anyone willing to share their experience I can be reached at Donnafunkhouser@gmail.com

    1. Lindsay, It’s funny, I’m not even sure how many I read regularly. I should make a list sometime. I wish I had time to read more. And I agree about the inspiration and some of the cancer bloggers I follow are incredibly funny and witty. So yes, reading cancer blogs can be fun too! And gosh, I sure learn a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  1. I read yours and other blogs of women with whom I share cancer and other experiences to get all different perpectives and viewpoints. Thanks for your contributions on dealing with cancer, your blog has been helpful to me!!

    1. Valerie, I love getting all the different perspectives too. Sadly, there are too many of us with cancer or who are caregivers, but every single story is unique and I learn so much every day. Thanks for saying my blog has been helpful. That means a lot to me.

  2. Nancy, Although I don’t comment much, I love reading your posts and FB page. Just yesterday I mentioned to a “in person” friend that while many of my cyber friends I haven’t met–I couldn’t live without them. While I still hate cancer, I am glad our paths have crossed. Keep writing on!!

    1. Kim, It’s so good to hear from you. I’ve missed your comments. I often wonder if those who were reading and commenting way back when I started are continuing to read. Unless someone comments, I just don’t know. So it’s really special to read your lovely comment, Kim. Thank you so much.

  3. Thank YOU for writing “Nancy’s Point!” I read your blog, as well as the blogs of Chemobrain (AnneMarie Ciccarella) and Lisa Bonchek Adams. I read those three to keep me in touch with the breast cancer community and what is going on. Lisa Adams, as a patient with MBC, reminds me to keep advocating and working to help advance research. You and AnneMarie keep me in the loop on relevant issues. I appreciate that.

    There are so many good blogs out there. I am glad to have found yours.

    Writing my own blog and getting connected to others in the blogosphere has been a really positive experience. Thanks!

    1. Lisa, I am so glad our paths crossed. The community and friendships that develop in this crazy, but wonderful blogging world are treasures. So glad you are part of it, Lisa. Thanks so much for reading and for your wonderful comment.

  4. Nancy, I read you blog and a couple of others. They help me see that my feelings, thoughts, fears, etc. are normal under the circumstances. Sometimes it helps also to realize my side effects to treatments past and present are not just me.
    I don’t want to start my own blog, afraid it would be like my journaling – too sporadic, but commenting helps to have a place to express the feelings friends and family don’t want to hear. They want to be done with cancer and hope there is no more recurrences. I am still working through and these blogs help me do that.

    1. Elizabeth, I am so grateful to you and all the others who share so candidly. Without the comments, the discussions wouldn’t get going or be so interesting! One of the main reasons for blogging is to help us feel less alone. And that goes for those of us who write and those of us who read blogs. So thank you for reading and sharing so regularly, Elizabeth. I’m grateful for your support.

  5. Nancy, this blog reinforces the need to have a safe and trusting outlet to express our thoughts and feelings regarding our breast cancer. No one chooses breast cancer. Friends and family are usually supportive at first, however, that support wanes over time.

    Your viewpoints are fresh and offer thought provoking perspectives.

  6. Nancy, your blog is thought provoking. I cannot tell you the number of women who commiserate that their family and friends no longer want to talk about their breast cancer. There is no time line for when to stop talking about breast cancer. We all need a safe and trustworthy outlet to express our thoughts and feelings.

    1. Wendy, I completely agree about your time line point. And yes, we all need a safe outlet or two where we can freely express ourselves. I can’t imagine what women did before all the online support existed. Thanks for being part of the community, Wendy.

    2. Good point Wendy. I think we live in a society where “getting over it” is applied to almost every problem as if they were all the same. Cancer provides a powerful set of experiences that stay with us. And really, I do understand why people tire of our stories but we shouldn’t take them as insignificant or “old news”. I “dwell” on my experiences to understand myself and grow from them, not because weak or obsessed. People who don’t share the experiences run out of things to say on the topic anyway–they are on a different path. I’m here for the rich conversations and am secretly bored of people who are bored of me. Take Care
      Scott

  7. Nancy,

    While I am unable to blog as often as I would like, I too write very much for myself. I am in AWE and humbled that anyone at all finds it useful! I also write as a means of staying connected with the amazing online breast cancer community, hoping that I might pay some tidbits forward in exchange for all that I have learned! Keep writing – even if I don’t comment I’m still reading!

    1. Lori, I feel the same way when someone finds what I write to be useful. It’s very humbling and also very gratifying and yes, also motivating for me to keep on keepin’ on. Thanks so much for reading and commenting when you can, Lori. It’s always great to hear from you.

  8. Nancy, I am so happy for you and your blog not only because you have useful and interesting things to say but because you keep blogging! I am a year + into blogging and love it so much. Sometimes I worry that I will run out of things to write about. Then I think about you and I feel great encouragement for my blog writing future!

    -Elizabeth

    1. Elizabeth, Gosh, you’re making me feel like an old timer! Ha. Just kidding. I’m glad you are finding blogging to be rewarding too. It’s a wonderful vehicle for self-expression, sharing, making new friends, learning and a whole lot more. I’m so glad you are part of it all! And it’s funny, I don’t really worry about running out of things to say… Hopefully this is a good thing! Thanks so much for your comment.

  9. dear Nancy,

    I missed your 3rd year blogging post – so happy, happy 3rd blogaversary! xxoo

    I love your blog, I love your energy, I love the thought provoking questions you raise, I love your rants, your compassion, your kindness, and wonderful sense of humor.

    I don’t remember which post was my favorite – only that it was the one where I was commenting for the first time on “Nancy’s Point”, and you responded to that comment with such warmth, empathy, and made me feel so welcomed – it was the post/comment/response that “clicked” and helped us form such a beautiful connection! as you know, my life has taken many twists and turns over a short period of time. you have always been there for me, and it is my great pleasure to be here for you.

    much love and light, my friend, XOXOXOXO

    Karen, TC

    1. Karen, Thank you for your beautiful comment. I’m so grateful you are part of this marvelous community. I’m so grateful to count you as a friend. And now I might need to go back and find that post you mentioned!

  10. Thank you for writing, Nancy. I blog for the same reasons you do, and I can’t imagine not blogging, in fact. I read a lot of blogs, but it’s not always easy to fit the time in. Yet, I’m drawn to reading these blogs because they validate my experience and teach me things too.

    xoxo
    Beth

    1. Beth, I wish I had time to read more too, but then I’d never get my own posts written! I love the validation and understanding that happens via all the terrific blogs out there. The community created is a wonderful thing. You’d think we’d get tired of reading and sharing about cancer, but we don’t – or at least I don’t. Thanks so much for being such a loyal reader and friend.

  11. Hi Nancy – I read about 10 blogs on a regular basis, and dip in and out of at least another 20 as well. I’m drawn to blogs that give clear, concise and non-judgemental information about their own experiences with breast cancer. I’m not an angry person, even after my own experience with BC, so prefer to read people who use their blogs to express the way the experience has shaped their lives. I found it to be really helpful to read other BC blogs while I was going through my own process; I learned so much about chemo, the various types of BC and the reconstruction process through other very big-hearted and honest bloggers. I’ll always be grateful to them for the fact that they shared so much personal information (especially about reconstruction which is such a tough thing to navigate) and try to give back in the same way with my own blog. I’m new to your blog (found you on Twitter) and am looking forward to receiving your updates. Thanks for blogging! Best, Claudia

    1. Claudia, Welcome! Isn’t Twitter great? I love writing my own blog and reading blogs others write. Both are pretty addicting, well for me anyway. Wish I had time to read more of them. I learn a lot about varying perspectives on not only cancer, but a lot of other things as well. Thanks for reading and commenting and again, welcome.

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