Less than two weeks later my first comment from Rachel Cheetham Moro arrived. She was drawn to a contrived word, Clogger = Breast Cancer Blogger.
I saw Rachel's comments as a stamp of approval. As encouragement to keep blogging. My words and experiences worth sharing. That it was even important to do so. She reminded me women the world over needed to hear from those that had been through it. We would help each other.
The word, Clogger, would fall by the wayside, but my ties to Rachel never would until the reality of breast cancer severed our strings.
Here are just some of the many, insightful, passionate words I was lucky enough to receive from Rachel.
November 2, 2010
"What I have discovered in the clogging (LMAO about that term!!!) world is that cloggers read other cloggers, and what an amazingly supportive, wonderful world it is."
December 23, 2010
"You know I've been thinking a lot about this social media thing and I think we're barely scratching the surface. I have thought of trying to put together a breast cancer blogger summit of sort. Need to think a bit more about it and of course, the technology, but I say, why the hell not?"
March 10, 2011
"Your Sherpas are with you today and every day."
Publishing new blog posts will never be the same, for I know I will never again find her funny, snarky, intelligent, caring comments in my mailbox.
Thank you, Rachel, for welcoming me into this "amazingly supportive, wonderful world."
Thank you for opening my eyes to the inequalites in breast cancer fundraising and telling us all what life is and can be for someone with Stage IV breast cancer.
We will never forget there is more work to be done.
We'll take the reins from you now.
As you said and what you must know, "Your Sherpas are with you today and every day."