I started this blog back in December of 2007 because I wanted to share my experience and information about ovarian cancer with other women diagnosed with the disease in NJ. At the time I was not sure I would live to see my 5th "cancerversary". But next year, 2015, I will celebrate my 10th "cancerversary". My blog has also grown and now reaches women in the US as well as internationally ( UK, Germany, Russia, Canada France, etc.)
Some of my most popular posts this year were:
- Design Thinking and Healthcare- My MedX IDEO Challenge Experience ( over 900 page views)
- I'm Grateful For
- Losses and Friendships
- Ovarian Cancer Facts for NJ
I know this year I have not posted at the frequency I have posted in the past. One reason why has been my increased involvement with the #gyncsm community. In late 2013, Christina Lizaso and I founded the community for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers as well as their caregivers and health care providers. You may find us on twitter at @gyncsm . We offer monthly chats on topics of interest to the community ( 2nd Wed of the month 9pm EST) . Christina and I research each topic we discuss, develop questions, find reliable resources for our followers as well as guest speakers. I also continue to write for our blog (http://gyncsm.blogspot.com/) which provides info about each chat, links to transcripts and resources related to each topic. In addition to the chat information, I have posted about clinical trials, World Ovarian Cancer Day and reported on the results of a survey we did of #gyncsm followers. In October this year, we also partnered with Smart Patients an online platform to offer a place for our community members to discuss our topics in more the 140 characters.
In addition to being a patient reviewer for PCORI , a Survivors Day Committee committee member, volunteer with the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation, and e-patient scholar at Stanford MedX I was a busy wife, mom and grandma.
I look forward to continuing to blog (hopefully more frequently) in 2015.
I wish all my readers a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Every Day is a Blessing!