I think I’m ready to talk about it.
In December I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. I’ve been in fight mode since and just now as things are starting to calm down, I’m ready to start talking about it. I mean really start talking about it, I’m ready to share my story.
Today, after months of tests, chemotherapy and radiation, I’m launching Paudelmar, a blog about life, wellness and cancer.
I hope to build a network of people who can share stories about their experiences, who can ask questions and find support in one another. I know that everyone’s experience is different, but it was difficult for me to talk about a lot of things. Even so, I desperately needed and longed for people who had gone through similar things to talk to. To know that it wasn’t just me feeling and experiencing the whirlwind of emotions and sensations that come with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
In my blog I want to focus on wellness because I believe that there is much more to cancer than what meets the eye. I want to focus on the emotions and lifestyles that occur around life changing events. The last twist on my blog is I want to talk about the aftermath of going through cancer, the good, the bad and the ugly. But most importantly I want to talk about the catharsis and the control it gives people over their lives. The irony that in the loss of control over one's health, we can gain control of our lives in ways that most people will never have and in a way that we may probably have never had before.
This blog isn’t only for people who have/ have had cancer. It’s also for the loved ones of people who have. Or people who don’t feel like everything is totally right in their lives. Cancer lives in many forms. It is a disease but we all have aspects of our lives that may be festering that we want to deal with. And that’s why this is about wellness. Wellness of the mind, body and soul.