As many of you may have noticed, I haven’t been as active on my blog this year, or online in general for that matter. I’ve kept it quiet until now, but I was diagnosed with breast cancer this past May. I had two surgeries in June, took July to recuperate, started chemo in August and radiation in November. My prognosis is excellent, but it’s been a tough year, to be honest.My friend, Theresa Loe, sent me this bracelet after my diagnosis. It reminds me to stay hopeful and dig down deep.
I’m not the only one going through illness or treatment — my friend Jean Ann Van Krevelen has been dealing with fibromyalgia and a laundry list of mystery symptoms that we hope will get a name sometime soon. Because of her experience, she started a blog called Health Adjacent where she talks about what it’s like to live with a chronic illness, disease or treatment. Jean Ann and I have been friends and colleagues for several years now, and she invited me to share some of my experience as a guest blogger this week. Yesterday, in Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow I talk about how I handled my hair loss due to chemotherapy, and today I videoed my Top 10 Ways to Cope with Change From Chronic Illness. If you or someone you love is experiencing anything similar, I invite you to check these posts out. I hope they help you.
I decided to begin talking and writing more about my journey with breast cancer here on J. Peterson Garden Design, too — I know it’s not really about gardening or plants, but because I see things as all inter-connected, I’m going with it. I’ll have a new category called “Healthy Living,” where you will find posts about dealing with illness and treatment, ways to cope and thrive, and links to other sites that have great information on how to live the healthiest life you can, no matter what you are facing.
Please join me in this — it’s not a journey to be walked alone. I may have gotten through this on my own if I’d have had to, but I never would have thrived and found such beauty along the way without my cherished family and circle of friends. I hope this blog can be a part of your journey as well.