Sunday, September 5, 2021

2021 Blogger Challenge - Nancy's Point

As we close in on the unofficial end of summer I am happy to take part in Nancy's blogger challenge. I have been doing it since 2018. 

 2021 Summer Blogging Challenge Questions:

1. Who are you? Tell us your genre, how long you’ve been at it, who or what inspires you or whatever you want us to know.

I wear a number of different hats but for this blog I am a cancer research advocate. I started writing this blog in December of 2007 with the goal of sharing my story as an ovarian cancer survivor. Through the years it has morphed into where I not only share my story but I report on cancer research, clinical trials and share what I learn from oncology conferences I attend.  
I am inspired by the researchers who spend years of their lives in search of better treatments and cures for cancer.

2. What’s been your biggest blogging roadblock this year and did you come up with a way to get around it? (If you didn’t, that’s okay too. We’re here to support you.)

Roadblock? Yes, there were quite a few but finding the time is top on the list. I took on the roll of President of my homeowners association so that has taken a big chunk of time every week. I also have commitments on two Boards at my cancer center. Family commitments have started to ramp up again as more folks get vaccinated agains COVID. 
In a way with COVID  being center stage for so much of the past year coming up with other topics was a challenge too.

3. What’s something you accomplished with your blog this year that you’re proud of?

I made sure all the links on my resource page were correct. I last did a check in 2019.

4. What are a couple of your best blogging tips?

Be sure to review you post - check links and spelling and grammar. I like to write a post as a draft, leave it for a few hours and come back and reread with fresh eyes. 
Keep writing! Even if it is once a month.  You never know who will read what you post. What you share may mean that person has a better day. 

5. How do you handle negative feedback or comments?

How I handle it depends on the type of negative comment. I ignore some. While others I will respond once but only once.

6. Share a link to a favorite post you’ve written RECENTLY (since last year’s challenge perhaps) that you want more people to read.

One hat I wore last year was co-author of a book for women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Read about it here> 

Check below for some of the other blogs that chose to take part in Nancy's challenge:

Every Day is a Blessing!


indefatigable said...

Hi, nice to meet you through thoe blog hop! Ovarian ca certainly needs a bigger profile - we just don't hear enough about it and my friend with ovarian is not finding a ready community to plug into as there is with breast ca. So you're doing important work!

Dee said...

Thanks for taking the time to comment.
There are a number of organizations throughout the country that raise awareness and funds for research. Your friend can check the partner members of OCRA

There are other platforms such as Inspire , Smart Patients and some groups of Facebook that offer support for women with ovarian cancer . Let me know if you need help in any specific area.


Gogs said...

Hi Dee, it's nice to meet you through Nancy's Blog Hop! Thank you so much for co-authoring the book 100 Questions & Answers about Ovarian Cancer. It will help many women and their loved ones. I wish it were available during my sister's diagnosis and treatments. I wrote an article to honour her memory;

Dee said...

I just read your blog about your sister Joanne. Thank you for sharing it with me. Sadly Your sister's story is one I hear frequently when women are diagnosis late with OC- many women don't know the signs ( back in 2005 I didn't know there were symptoms) and PCP's may see few women with symptoms a year depending on their location so they will assume it is other issues usually gastro. As you know supporting research to find an early detection test is crucial. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


Nancy's Point said...

Hi Dee,

I'm really glad you're participating in my blog hop again this year. I truly admire your dedication as an advocate as well as your commitment to keep blogging. You've undoubtedly reached and helped a lot of people. So thank you. And thank you for always being supportive of me and my advocacy too. You're the best.

Take care and definitely keep writing! xo