Six month stay of elocution.

How does one end a blog? Do you just stop blogging or make some formal announcement?  I started this blog as a way to wrap my head around my diagnosis/treatment (a sort of self -therapy if you will) as well as to keep friends and family in the know without endless facebook updates. I would post a link to FB and those that wanted to could be informed.  What I didn’t expect to happen was finding a whole cyber community of other cancer patients/survivors/caregivers and genuinely wanting to keep up with them.  I never expected anyone outside my circle of family and friends to find, much less follow this blog.  That was kind of cool 🙂  I could just shift focus and blog about other things, but somehow now that I am done active treatment that just seems self-indulgent. At least on a blog that was specifically started to talk about breast cancer.  

So one final update.. I saw the oncologist yesterday and was given a clean bill of health. My tether has been lengthened to 6 months before my next check and the next time I have anything to report!

I’m going to continue to follow and comment on the blogs of the amazing folks I have met here in the blogosphere and who knows? I may decide I have something to blog about down the road but for now.. thanks for following along and all the support. 

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45 comments

  1. decisionsformyfamily · January 30, 2013

    Congratulations on the 6 month extension, good luck and all of the best to you!

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  2. insahmity · January 30, 2013

    I will miss your posts and cheerful, charming comments (and could you please fed ex me that supper your promised!) — yet I can’t blame you for your “stay of elocution.” You have done your time and are entitled to move back into non-cancer reality. Thinking about cancer, writing about cancer, just plain living cancer just wears you down. Congratulations on making it through, and thanks for a wonderful blog — take care, Elizabeth

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    • mainelyhopeful · January 30, 2013

      I think you hit the nail on the head. It does wear you down. I’ll keep following you and look forward to your own goodbye to cancer post!

      p.s. didn’t you get the dinner? I’m sure some hungry Fedex worker must have enjoyed it

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  3. nosoygirl · January 30, 2013

    Good for you! I’m one of those invisible peeps you’ve never met that’s been following your progress! Way to kick cancer in the nuts and get on with the job of living!

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    • mainelyhopeful · January 30, 2013

      Thank you. I’ve enjoyed your blog. I think it was one of the first I followed!

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  4. Facing Cancer (@cancer2gether) · January 30, 2013

    Yay for you! The blog is here whenever you need it, and if you feel okay to step away that sounds like a good thing too. ~Catherine

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  5. Susan · January 30, 2013

    Thank you so much for you wonderful blog. I will miss reading your misadventures, but glad everything is well with you.

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    • mainelyhopeful · January 30, 2013

      Thanks, Susan. We started out together didn’t we? Best of luck to you and I’ll keep reading as long as you are posting 🙂

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  6. rachaelsladylumps · January 30, 2013

    I will miss your great sense of humor!!! Congrats on your 6 months of no Dr. appts! Always thinking of you and praying we stay cancer free!

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    • mainelyhopeful · January 30, 2013

      Thanks, Rachael. I think of you often and look forward to reading your 10 year anniversary post!

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  7. rachturner · January 30, 2013

    Very happy for you about your 6 month stay. Enjoy your time away from the blog and getting back to life. 🙂

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  8. miltonia10 · January 30, 2013

    Loved reading your blog – your wit, sensibility, and outlook including your ability to tell it like it is were inspiring for me. I’d love for you to continue as you see fit. GREAT news about the six months now! Congratulations girl, you did it with grace and compassion. I am so proud of you.
    Take care and all the best for whatever you decide to do.

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  9. eddiesandcurrents · January 31, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Seeing how similar (and different) our experiences were was helpful for me. I wish you all the best in your healing. You’ve got a great start with the not-for-six-months doc directive.

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    • mainelyhopeful · February 3, 2013

      Thank you. I am still checking in daily and love your blog, especially all the great pics you share 🙂

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  10. Renn · January 31, 2013

    I totally get how writing about cancer can keep you from putting needed distance between cancer and the new life that now lay ahead of you. Wishing you all the best. The blog will always be here if you need it!

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  11. myeyesareuphere · February 1, 2013

    hooray!

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  12. hopeforheather · February 1, 2013

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooooh! I don’t know what to say….yay that you’re in the clear….boo that you’re no longer going to be writing. But of course I understand. All the best.

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  13. Cancer in My Thirties · February 2, 2013

    So glad to hear you got a clean bill of health, Susan! I hope you will continue to post updates from time to time to let all those who love you but don’t know you 🙂 know how you are doing. Warmest wishes for continued clean bills!

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  14. glimpsejoy · February 3, 2013

    So happy they’ve given you the longer tether! I’m still walking the every 3-month road for the foreseeable future! I’ll miss reading your blogs, but am so happy that you are heading out in to the bright and healthy future! Enjoy!

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    • mainelyhopeful · February 3, 2013

      Thank you. I hope you are released for good behavior very soon!

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  15. chymeera · February 4, 2013

    That is such a great news to hear! So well done for going through your treatments and coming on top and here’s to many more clean bill of health! I hope to hear something similar at the end of my treatment.
    (http://chymeeradiaries.wordpress.com/)

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  16. gozzygirl · February 4, 2013

    I was wondering what had happened to you. I’m glad it’s good news. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts too. I hope to drive through Maine this spring. I’ll think of you when I do.

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  17. The Presents of Presence · February 4, 2013

    Congratulations to you! Keep smiling, stay healthy and stop back in from time to time to let us know how you are. As always, if you need anything, you know I’m here for you! Hugs to you! xo

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  18. Deb's Healing Support Team · February 4, 2013

    So many blessings to you as you carry on! I am utterly thrilled – and honored to know you. Love, love, love and more love to you and yours! xo Deb

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  19. CeCe · February 5, 2013

    Hi Susan! I haven’t been on wordpress for so long. Thank you for reading my blog and your kind words about my mom’s passing. I am HAPPY to hear that you are cancer free. That is AMAZING! You are such a strong survivor. I know that good things lay ahead for you. 🙂

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  20. lightscanceraction · February 7, 2013

    What a classy way to wrap it all up! Thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us. It has helped us more than you know. Enjoy your freedom from cancer!

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  21. Aum Nicol · February 11, 2013

    You were the first blog I followed when I began my journey. You were there commenting or liking my posts and I don’t know you, but I respect and am somehow connected to your expedition. I felt, Mainelyhopeful understands. You did. You knew. I am now done my active treatment and I am tearful with gratitude for you being invisibly there. You are done and so will I be. Yet, this blog thing, allowed us to connect to each other and others. Praise be for that comfort. Thank you. Thank you. Aum Congratulations!

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    • mainelyhopeful · February 12, 2013

      I’m so happy you are done with active treatments. It’s quite a milestone. These kind of connections were by far the best part of my blog ❤

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  22. Carolyn Mustian · February 17, 2013

    Congratulations on your good health report! Like you, I have moved beyond the “cancer gal” stage, and found many new doors opened for me which I had not expected. I became a quilter — didn’t see that coming! I worked a new and challenging job for about a year. I published a book and I started a blog about two years post treatment. I hope you will occasionally let us know what you are up to, because women in the midst of the battle with the Pink C will be encouraged to read about life after cancer. Many blessings to you as you walk through life’s new doors!

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    • mainelyhopeful · February 17, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn. Congrats on all your post cancer accomplishments!

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