i am not going anywhere

It seems quite strange to post on my blog after having been away from it for so long. Yet, what appears equally as odd is the speed and familiarity with which I fall back into it.
Truth is, I stopped working the past 4 months to focus solely on Me. On February 24th, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a result, creation, research, editing, marketing, blogging, and other fun tasks which come with being a writer/author have been replaced by blood draws, body scans, surgeries, chemotherapy, oncologist appointments, and fighting to preserve this beautiful life I have been granted. At this point, I am not even close to done or cancer-free. However, I have overcome some monstrous hurdles and am gearing up for another big phase of treatment.
Surprisingly, during all of this, I have felt more happy and healthy and content than ever. This is not a ‘woe is me, how depressing’ post. It is one of celebration! My diagnosis revealed something borderline miraculous: that even when I believed I was close to death, I was not sorrowful for the life I have lived. Rather, I became melancholy to think of missing out on the life I have. No regrets exist for this woman! I foster little anger or fear or frustration. I have accomplished things in my young life that may not seem grand to others yet are monumental in scope and priceless to me. I have done what I wanted, and I stand proud.
One such thing that makes my heart swell is writing. Despite the difficulty (it is hard, no matter what the Internet scammers claim), I can say without a doubt writing and publishing my own work rank in the Top 3 Atta-girl Moments. And it is because of this, that I have continued working behind the scenes these past months fostering relationships with readers, reaching out to a greater number of people who have yet to read my 4 books, and jotting notes (and tentative first chapter) for a new work in progress.
I admit, for a few months, in my darkest and lowest moments, I feared I was done writing forever. As it turns out, I’m only getting started…
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4 thoughts on “i am not going anywhere

  1. JL 2012-06-26 / 9:05 am

    Angie: What a lovely thing to say! However, I have a confession…I pull my strength from people like you! With every kind word and extra push to move forward, I get stronger and more determined. So for that, I thank You!

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  2. JL 2012-06-26 / 9:00 am

    Thank You 1) for the wonderful praise {I am humbled} and 2) for being there when I need you!

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  3. Angie Vinje 2012-06-25 / 11:04 am

    You're just an all around amazing person, and I'm honored to say that I know you and that we “click”. Stay strong, the world has yet to see just how much you have to offer!

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  4. Shari 2012-06-24 / 1:46 pm

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again – you are an amazing woman. I'm so proud to call you my sister!

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