I’m a 35 year-old non-smoker with lung cancer. I have no history of lung cancer in my family and haven’t been exposed to anything that might cause it that I’m aware of. I have a wife and 3 kids, 8 and under.
I started this blog so that anyone who was interested in keeping up with my latest health issues could. It’s intended to help get the most up to date information out so that you don’t get it second hand, and to keep me from having to repeat the same story over and over again. Not that I really mind talking about myself… or in telling stories over and over again.
This blog is not meant to solicit sympathy or attention, but I have a feeling I will end up putting in color commentary that may suggest I want sympathy and/or attention. I guess deep down that’s what we all want, but it’s certainly not a goal of this outlet.
Please feel free to ask me anything, seriously.
I decided to use Tumblr because of it’s ease of use, accessibility, and mobile abilities. There are other good “blog about your health” sites but I found them to either be too advertising/donation heavy or too cumbersome from a features and usability standpoint.
UPDATE (3/18/2012, after first stage of treatment):
I think of a lot of things I would love to blog about here and don’t. Conceptually the purpose of this blog is to give updates on how I’m doing and secondly (a distant 2nd) to give one more perspective of someone living through cancer to anyone else that starts the journey after me. I don’t really think (logically) this blog is going to help anyone dealing with cancer, but I do like the idea of it helping and the small chance that it will. Writing the blog with this in the back of my mind is what is keeping me from posting something like “Here is what my family was doing today” or “This is my reflection on X now that I have cancer”. Although, on the latter I don’t mind dumping thoughts into the secondary pages (i.e. the FAQ).
“How I’m doing”, again conceptually, will mostly be about how I’m doing physically but mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc are all part of the package and something this “unknown cancer buddy” will have to deal with as well. So, I think it’s fair game (in this game I own and made up for myself) to write posts on the effects I’m experiencing in the other (non-health) categories. They will be the minority posts, but if I feel like it will help someone then I may just blog it out.