I finally did it! This has been a Bucket List thing of mine for years. I wrote and published a book! Can you believe it!!!
Writing a blog as I went through the cancer journey with Patty was therapeutic! As tough as the journey was, I looked forward to blogging our daily lives dealing with this mess. I found blogging actually cleared my head of what was going on. Get it out and prepare for the next day! I had planned on blogging for much longer than I did, but found as time passed and we settled into a somewhat life of normalcy, there just wasn’t much to blog about. So, as a result, I stopped. It really wasn’t a conscious decision. It just kind of happened.
The blog had built a lot of momentum early on that I had thought to someday turn it into a book. But, I’d ask myself, why turn it into a book when someone can just go online and read it. It had to be more that just the blog. So, I recalled Patty telling she had an ongoing journal as she went through the battle. I thought “Wow… If I can get my hands on what she had written in her journal, I’m sure it would work if I intermixed her writings with mine.” The problem is that a journal is like a diary. What’s written is very personal. I was hesitant to approach Patty because of that fact. So, I put it off for a long time, but it was always in the back of my mind to ask. I finally talked to her about it. But, I put a spin on it that I thought I’d like to write a book from my blog and insert her writing into it. I continued that I thought it would help others who read it who were possibly in the throws of cancer, to get a little insight into her side of the story. She loved the idea! She said “If you think it could help others, then let’s do it!” That’s my wife!
So, I spent the next few years going through her journals and inserting parts into the blog/book. Inserting her writing into the book was easy because she dated everything and so did I! The hardest part was finding the time to work on it. So it was an off-and-on project… more off than on. But I did it!
I conquered a Bucket List item!
The book “My Wife Has Breast Cancer, Our Story” is published in ebook form for now. So anyone with an electronic device can download it. I’m working on the paperback now and hopefully it will be ready to go sometime next week… that is, if I can find the time!
My Wife Has Breast Cancer, Our Story is available through Amazon.com. You can do an easy search on the website under the title or follow the following link:
You can just copy and paste the link into your browser.
Now… I need to go tackle something else on my Bucket List… maybe that will be having my picture taken with a tiger on my lap in Thailand!