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Nancy’s Point Turns Nine!

This is post #629. I know, I can’t believe it either! There is still a thrill and a certain amount of apprehension every time I hit that publish button. It’s freeing and a little scary and a bunch of other things all at the same time.

You always hope for the best, but you never know for sure how your words will be received. You never know which posts will resonate and which ones will tank.

Writing of any sort is a gamble. An exercise in vulnerability. A little revelation into who you are. It’s risky. But it’s worth it. So worth it.

(If you have ever considered starting a blog or doing any sort of writing, do it.)

Putting your thoughts into words and sharing them with the world (okay, that’s a stretch, but you get my point) is pretty darn mind boggling, when you think about it.

Connecting with others going through similar and at the same time, very different things, is pretty wonderful.

I clearly recall the first time I hit that publish button nine years ago. That time, it was definitely heavy on scary.

(Read my very first post, Welcome to Nancy’s Point, if you want to. Gulp. Don’t judge too harshly.)

I don’t feel nearly as apprehensive (though I still feel a certain amount) when hitting that button these days. I’ve found my voice. I’ve gained confidence. I’ve come to realize I’m not alone. For these things, I have YOU, my Dear Readers, to thank.

Sure, sometimes I wonder what keeps me churning out blog posts. How much more can I possibly have to say about the shitstorm that is cancer?

But I guess we can talk about that another day.

Today is about saying thank you. Thank you for being out there. Thank you for sharing, commiserating, validating, listening, commenting, supporting and all the other things you do on a regular basis to help keep this blogger and this community going.

Thank you for reading Nancy’s Point!

Might as well go for ten years, right? (I’m game if you are.)

From the start, I’ve always ended each blog post with a question or two because I want to know what YOU think.

So, I’ll end this post by asking the same question I asked at the end of that first one…

Besides the darn cancer, what brought you to my blog?

Just for fun, share where you live and how long you’ve been reading, if you want to. Also, feel free to let me know what you want to read more (or less) about.

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30 thoughts to “Nancy’s Point Turns Nine!”

  1. I personally (and I imagine many concur) would like to thank you for all of your writing. It is a source of tremendous inspiration, both in health-related terms and as one who also feels that I have something about living with cancer to share. So much of what you said above rings so true (as usual) that it once again encourages me and others as well to continue on. Can’t wait for another year’s worth of posts from one of the best.

    To answer your questions, it was your voice that has attracted me to your writing. I am sure I would be a fan even if we did not have cancer in common. I live, as you may know, in Long Island, NY — just a short drive from NYC. (That’s a lie — there is no such thing as a “short drive” anywhere around NYC, but it is not very many miles.) I am late to the whole blog world, so I think I only discovered your terrific writing within the last three or four months.

    1. Jeffrey, Thank you for your kind words. It’s readers like you who keep me going. Not happy that we both landed in this particular niche of Blog World, but since we did, I’m glad our paths crossed. Thank you for stopping by. I’ll keep writing if you do the same.

  2. I love everything you write. It brings me peace knowing that I am not alone and some times, it gives me a laugh. Please know just how special and important you really are. I should be thanking you so…
    THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Your kind, inspiring words have helped me know then you will ever know.

  3. Your candor about your emotions as you go through the post active treatment world brought me to your blog. Your posts help me verbalize my responses to those that say I should only experience positive thoughts and emotion. I love that you show both your positive and negative emotions, because I feel like that type of vulnerability is rare.

    Thank you for writing.

    1. Christina, As you likely know, I cannot and will not sugarcoat this darn disease. I’m so glad my posts have helped you verbalize responses to folks insisting on only positive emotions. Thank for letting me know that. Be real. Be you. It’s enough. I truly believe that. No need to be super patients. Thank you for reading and taking time to comment too.

  4. Congrats on starting year #10!! It’s a great achievement & I salute you for building your audience, always being authentic, picking exactly the right topics breast cancer people want to read and for just being you….folksy, honest, interesting, spot on!! Bravo!!!
    I’d like to read more about losing people in your life after your diagnosis and how you deal with it. I’m talking about those who left despite your breast cancer and those who left because of it. I’m also talking about close family, like daughters, as well as former coworkers you had more of a working & occasional social relationship with.
    I’ve experienced these severed relationships and have gone through varying levels of mourning. While past the ‘acute’ stage. I’m still troubled by them. I think it was the abrupt nature of these lost ties, the things unsaid, the hole it leaves in your heart & your life. Since I have metastatic breast cancer, I’m torn because I have no idea how long I’ll live and have great difficulty understanding those former loved ones who don’t seem to care one iota about that fact.
    I’m sure there are others with BC and/or MBC who are going through the abandonment of people who used to be in their lives, What strategies might they have….or what help might they need? Thanks for allowing me to have this moment of pondering. Stay well Nancy…

    1. Carol, Thank you so much! I always appreciate reading your comments. I love your idea for a topic to write about. Dealing with the end of relationships due to a cancer diagnosis (any stage) is something many relate to. I should definitely explore that idea more. Thank you for the suggestion, Carol. And thank you for your ongoing support. It means a lot. Hope you’re continuing to do well after your knee surgery. Take care.

  5. Congrats on turning 9! I’m a new reader, having discovered your blog after reading Cancer Was Not a Gift. This book helped me in so many ways. It validated many of the emotions I have been feeling regarding the “Pink Machine” and the pressure to say what others want to hear. It’s odd to be trying to find my true voice at 60 years old, but that’s where I find myself now.
    I had surgery and completed treatment earlier this year and am now navigating the nightmare of Anastrozole. I was lucky beyond belief to have Dr. Deanna Attai as my surgeon and a guiding hand throughout. That woman is truly a f***ing rock star! I’m looking forward to the survey results.
    Your blog is the closest thing I have found to a support group and am grateful to have found it. Many thanks.

    1. Grace Anne, Welcome! I am so glad to hear my book was helpful to you. You just validated my reasons for writing it, so thank you. I think finding one’s true voice is a continuing, life-long process actually. So, it’s not odd at all that you’re still trying to find yours. I’m still fine-tuning mine. Writing helps me do that. You are SO lucky to have had Dr. Attai as your surgeon! She’s a gem. And as you said, a f***ing rock star! I am looking forward to those survey results too. I love how you compare this blog forum to a support group. It’s certainly been that for me. Thank you for sharing and good luck navigating Anastrozole!

      1. Thank you, Nancy. I feel fortunate to have found you! I can only say that so far, Anastrozole is a nightmare! But, I am loathe to try one of the other meds…yet. I guess I don’t want to use up my options too soon.

        1. Grace Anne, I’m sorry about that nightmare. Believe me, I get it. I couldn’t tolerate Anastrozole and ended up switching meds. So don’t be afraid to try that. Good luck!

  6. Nancy, can you tell you are loved or what?? I guess I started reading your blog a couple of years ago . I had read through several others but yours was the one I could most relate to, and I never turned back. Congratulations on turning 9 . There’s a reason for that. It’s because we need you here putting life and death and cancer and good times and bad times into perspective for us. We all want to live next door to you! Thank you for being our constant friend and support group. I live in Stevensville, Montana by the way and hope your recent trip to our state was wonderful!

    1. Donna, Aww, you’re sweet. And funny too! I’m glad my blog resonated and that you keep coming back. Yeah, it’d be nice if we were all neighbors, right? Guess this is the next best thing! I had a wonderful time in MT. It’s such a beautiful state. I love it. I am going to look up Stevensville on the map! Thank you for reading and sharing.

  7. Me again, I guess I would like to read more about how to get past this. It’s been almost 3 yrs since my diagnosis and I still think every ache and pain is a recurrence. I really try to make my brain think otherwise but I’m afraid it’s always there. Anybody else feel the same?

    1. Donna, Frankly, I’m not sure one ever gets past it. You learn to move forward, sure, but past it…I do have a post on recurrence worries, but you’ve probably read it. Just in case, here it is: https://nancyspoint.com/breast-cancer-recurrence-lets-talk/ It’s probably a good topic to revisit as I know many of us feel as you do. You’re definitely not alone. Thanks for the additional comment, Donna, and thanks again for being such a loyal reader.

  8. Happy blogging anniversary, Nancy! I’m a fairly new reader, over the other side of the pond in the U.K. and I totally understand how scary starting a blog can be – and also how wonderful it is, to be able to publish our thoughts and stories so easily! And even if we only reached one person, and that person learned something useful or felt comforted as a result, it was worth pushing the “publish” button, even if it felt scary. The thing I particularly like about your blog is that, although the background topic is cancer, you look at it from lots of different angles, sharing your views and experiences as well as some hard facts. So definitely keep going!!

  9. I have only been reading a couple of months since my diagnosis in April. I found you by following a Pinterest link of “Cancer was not a gift…” and proceeding to read through almost everything on your blog. It was such a relief to find honest discussion instead of a constant barrage of “You are Amazing” from friends and family when I felt anything but amazing.

    I must also add that the comments on some of your articles helped me define my own treatment plan. When there are hundreds of responses it constitutes a statistical universe and I am so grateful to you and your readers for that!

    1. Mamamorgaine, Sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. But I’m glad you found me! If you are looking for no sugarcoating, you have come to the right place. This forum is not for everyone, but it works well for me and my very insightful readers. I completely agree about the value of comments left here. My Dear Readers are so wise and often offer excellent insights that are far more helpful than anything I’ve said. Thank you so much for your kind words and welcome! Good luck with things as you move forward.

  10. Happy blogoversary dear Nancy. I think I probably say this every year but I still remember when you first started blogging and look at you now – one of the strongest, most consistent and most helpful voices in the breast cancer community.

  11. Happy 9th Anniversary Nancy! This is a great time to thank you for hosting this blog. I live in Saskatchewan and, as good as my doctors are, I wasn’t getting straightforward answers to many of my questions about Anastrozole. I started reading your blog right after I finished chemo and a couple of months into my hormone therapy, so about four years now. Yours was the only site that gave me confirmation of the side effects I was having and, though it was upsetting to know the effects were real, it was also reassuring to know that it wasn’t all in my head and that my concerns were valid. I love your essays that begin each session and I really like the fact that you have a theme for each post. It’s great that readers have a chance to vent, rant, exchange information, and learn about the issues surrounding breast cancer. So having said that, I’d also like to thank the readers who have been brave enough to come forward and share their experiences. Thanks again Nancy for being there for all of us.

    1. Lennox, Thank you so much for your kind words, ongoing support and loyal readership for four years. And I agree about reader comments. Grateful to those who so willingly share, including you!

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