15 Sep

I am overwhelmed and humbled by the responses I have received here and via email (which by the way is: to my most recent blog post. Thank you so much. And thank you for sharing this post on facebook and twitter and via email. It has enabled me to connect with many new friends online, I am so grateful.

I want to thank you all for your support and for teaching me so much this past week.

I am going to be offline for the weekend ( as of this Friday morning) while I participate in a women’s retreat . . . it is called AWOL: A Way of Life After Cancer. I feel very fortunate to be able to attend and to be sponsored for this retreat (cancer is very expensive, so I am extremely appreciative of the scholarship I received to attend this retreat).

Here is a fabulous post by Uneasy Pink about her upcoming participation in Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure (TM). It is a must read.

Thank you again for your thoughtful comments and messages!

All the best in health,


4 Responses to “Gratitude”

  1. AnneMarie September 16, 2011 at 8:36 AM #

    Please do share a bit about this AWOL retreat! Hope you come back renewed and refreshed. And will inspiring things for all of us to steal from your experience……


    • cancerfree2b September 19, 2011 at 11:14 PM #

      Hi AnneMarie,

      Thank you for your comment. I will definitely write about my retreat experience. It was a really incredible experience. I am just unwinding from it and processing it all. AWOL is an annual retreat for women with, or who have had, cancer. It is an entire weekend and is really quite amazing. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend.

      I will definitely relay some of the things that I learned on this retreat.

      I will write soon. This is a big week for me, I return to teaching for the first time in a long time. I am looking forward to it and I am also a little nervous. Hopefully all will go well.

      All the best to you,


  2. Marie Ennis-O'Connor (@JBBC) September 20, 2011 at 5:06 AM #

    Have a wonderful retreat and come back refreshed, renewed and revived x

    • cancerfree2b September 20, 2011 at 7:31 AM #

      Thank you Marie! I got back from the retreat on Sunday. It was a great weekend and it gave me a lot to think about . . . which I will ultimately write about.

      It was an opportunity to just BE. There was a very strict no cell phone or computer rule. And as a result, there was really a sanctuary type of effect, no outside contact or interruptions.

      It was truly a wonderful experience. One of the goals of the retreat was to remind us that as women we are often the care takers of many others (our children, our spouses, our parents etc.) and that we should be better care takers of our selves.

      When I think about how hard it was to extricate myself from my own life just to attend a weekend retreat, I realized that I needed the weekend pretty badly. Prior to breast cancer I was a pretty busy person, too busy. I never took time for myself and I was always looking after the needs of others (this was true of both my personal life and my career).

      I have returned to a lot of that. It is my nature to do so. But, I have to remember that I need to take a bit better care of myself too.

      So much happened at this retreat. I made friends with amazing women and I discovered things about myself that I did not know.

      Well, I guess I should save something to write about for my blog post 🙂

      Thank you for the well wishes.

      And thank you again for including me in your weekly roundup last week. It truly made my day! Mostly, thank you for introducing me to so many great bloggers and for your blog, I love your perspective and enjoy reading your posts so much!


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