This honestly all happened so organically. I started sharing my cancer fight on social media because it seemed natural. I was already working as an oncology pharmacist. I have this wide but detailed view of cancer care having trained all over Canada in different centers to complete my doctorate. I was already teaching my patients about chemo, the side effects, and how to cope. Now I had the ultimate opportunity to continue to teach using my own personal experience.
But I didn’t start a blog. I didn’t want to start a blog. I wanted a way to grab people’s attention. Everyone expected me to write a blog but there are so many. How do you separate yourself from the masses? At the time, Facebook Live was relatively new. I liked the idea of going live. Minimal prep time – well I was already prepared from my years of education and experience – plus a way to allow people to see what it looks like to fight cancer. If I can show you how I’m overcoming cancer, then it’s less scary to do it yourself. ‘Fear makes the wolf bigger than it is’ so let’s unveil what cancer and chemo looks like and then the fear is lessened.
So I didn’t write a blog. I focused on sharing information through Instagram and Facebook. It allowed me to offer a greater insight into what each stage of treatment and recovery looks like. And I still do this because I am still recovering and still fighting cancer. Once you’re diagnosed you will forever be fighting. There was the odd occasion where I wrote down my thoughts and put them on my website. Longer conversations worth sharing. And people started calling this my ‘blog.’ People read it. People asked for more.
But I still didn’t commit to writing a blog. I didn’t want to dedicate my time and effort to doing something that had already been done. I love to write so I kept writing - a guest writer for this, an article for that, and occasionally a post on my website. I love conversation as I educate so I focus on social media whereas blogs are more unilateral communication. I continued to be asked to blog. Different media sources would insist on referencing the ‘blog’ on my website even though I discouraged them from doing so.
So now I have a blog. I succumbed to public demand. I’m an educator, a storyteller, and a cancer fighter. My blog posts cover all of these areas. Some of the content aims to share the knowledge I have as an oncology pharmacist, many tell the story of a young cancer fighter, and all of the content circulates around fighting the big ‘C.’