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2010, A Year to Forget? Almost Anyway

As 2010 comes to an end, my first reaction is hallelujah, this is one year I am more than happy to send on its way! I can’t wait to hang up the new 2011 calendars I received for Christmas, 2010 was not one of my better years. Thinking a bit more about it, however, I must admit there have been some good parts to this year after all and one of those good parts has been discovering the healing power of blogging.

This seems like a perfect time to express my gratitude to all who have taken time to find and read my blog. Thank you. I want to give special thanks to those of you who have also taken additional minutes out of your days to leave supportive and encouraging comments. The intangible support of readers “out there” and the more visibly tangible support of readers who also comment, are both invaluable to me.

Also, I am grateful to have discovered blogs written by others “like me,” as well as a few others by bloggers who are not “like me.” I am, after all, defined by more than cancer and loss. I really do look forward to reading their blogs next year and I’m grateful for these newly forged friendships. 

If you’ve been contemplating beginning a blog of your own, 2011 seems like a great year to get started on it!  I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.

If you’d like to, please share with me your favorite or most helpful post thus far. Also, if there is a topic you are interested in hearing me ramble more about, let me know that too.

Finally, here are a few holiday photos of some of my biggest supporters. These four-legged friends do their supportive work daily, unknowingly, willingly, unconditionally and with tails wagging. Well, the dogs anyway!

I hope 2011 brings love, peace, happiness and good health for all of us!


Sophie and Elsie


I'm ready when you are!


I'm ready for anything!


How long do we have to stay on this snow pile?


Is it a holiday??


Holidays can be so exhausting!


22 thoughts to “2010, A Year to Forget? Almost Anyway”

  1. I think what initially got me hooked on your blog was your post: “Losing My Mother– I Was Supposed To Be Ready”. I was pretty new to the blogging world and hadn’t shared mine with many people. You were one of my first blog friends, and it was a bittersweet feeling to finally have someone else out there to relate to. You are helping me to see what may have been going on in my mom’s head with her cancer journey (although she told me a lot, there were some things she shielded me from), and have given me an opportunity to talk about her and share our memories.

    That post especially meant a lot to me because I could see that it’s hard to lose a parent at ANY age, and that I wasn’t just being a baby about it because I’m so young. It would be ABnormal not to grieve! So many people all over the world are grieving at this very minute, and yet we all somehow feel so alone at one point or another. But with our openness, I now have less and less days of feeling that way.

    Thank you for sharing your deepest thoughts, and always offering encouragement and advice to others. You have been such a strong support system for me in the past few months, and I am so fortunate for that! I’m looking forward to all we will learn about each other and go through together in 2011. Here’s to an even better year 🙂 xoxo

    1. Sami, Thank you for sharing your favorite/most helpful post. I’m so glad you discovered my blog a couple of months ago. I always look forward to your comments full of such wisdom, some of which I wish you didn’t have. It’s true we relate so well because it doesn’t matter what age you are when you lose your mom, or any loved one, it’s always really hard. It means a lot to me to hear my blog has helped you a bit in your grief journey. I look forward to reading many more of your posts in the new year. Thanks again for being such a loyal reader, Sami.

  2. CUTE pics! Haha!

    I like your more scientific posts such as the one on the BRCA gene and whether or not to get genetic testing. Since I have had several family members with cancer, I am interested in hearing about what I can do to prevent getting it myself and what all the different options are for prevention and obtaining more information.

    1. Lindsay, Glad you enjoyed the pictures! Ace and the cats look good! Thanks for the feedback and also for being one of my greatest supporters in my writing endeavors! I do plan to do more on genetic testing. Happy New Year to you guys!

  3. I love the cute furry-friend pix!! This is a wonderful posting, and, like you, I find blogging very therapeutic. I’m also grateful that I was able to find your blog, as it has inspired me! I plan to keep reading in 2011.

    Have a great New Year and keep writing!

  4. I’m in love! Sophie and Elsie are my kind of dogs.
    Nancy there are many aspects of your writing I enjoy. Most importantantly, I find you the kind of person that allows the lights of others to shine.
    May 2011 be all that you hope for.
    Happy New Year to your family

    1. Chez, You are funny! They really are sweet dogs. Do you have a dog? I forget. Pets help settle us down I think, no matter what is going on in your life. Thanks for reading my blog so faithfully. Looking forward to learning more about you and Australia next year.

  5. I liked the post you just did about your first post-treatment oncology visit. As I’m starting to wind down my treatment, it really hit home and sort of “paved the way” for me. I enjoy all your posts!

    1. Tonya, Thanks for the feedback, Tonya. Im glad to hear your treatment is winding down and that my posts are helping a bit. I look forward to reading more of yours next year. I’m really interested in how the lymphedema part is going for you. It never ends, does it? Good health and continued healing to you in the New Year.

    1. Marie, Thanks for your kind comment. I really appreciate the support you have shown me. You are such a great example for all. Thank you for continuing to keep nancyspoint on your blog roll as well. I look forward to reading your blog next year and getting to know you better. Happy New Year to you also, Marie!

  6. Nancy, Happy New Year to you and the pets as well !!! Where would we be without our furry little friends ?? I just love the way you write. Your writing has a sense of calm about it that seems to rub off on me the right way. So looking forward to continuing the conversation in 2011.

    1. Anna, Thank you and Happy New Year to you!! I honestly don’t know where my family would be without our furry friends. They bring calmness to our lives, well maybe not all the time, but when they are being well behaved anyway! I just love your little mascot!! I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation in 2001 as well.

  7. Love the photos! Thank you for becoming a vital part of my community and for inviting me to become part of yours. I am still just beginning to come to terms with my loss. Looking forward to and dreading writing about it for the second edition of my book… Wishing you a year of good health, happiness, and success, however you define it! xox, Lori

    1. Lori, Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Good luck with the second edition of your book; I’m sure it will be difficult at times but will also be a source of healing for you as well.

  8. Nancy,
    As you know, I love your writing because it tells me volumes about Nancy, the woman. We’ve never met, but you play a big role in my life.

    Like this evening, I’m writing tomorrow’s blog, about losing James this week, and I decided to come “visit” my friend. We both use things from our lives as the basis for our blogs & I believe that’s why they ring true.

    I wish all good things for you this year, sweet friend.


    1. Brenda, I am so glad to hear from you, I have been thinking about you non-stop. I keep remembering an earlier comment you made about writing being your one constant and true compass, so I know when you are writing your blog or whatever it is, it is an important step and source of comfort for you on this long road of grieving that is ahead of you. I’m grateful your “visits” to my blog help in some small way. Thanks for your good wishes. With heartfelt thoughts and prayers for your healing, Brenda.

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