Saturday, February 1, 2014

Who's a writer?

Yesterday was my son's 17th birthday.  There have been many, many times over the past four years that I didn't think I'd live to see this birthday, and times when I was right, when I was close to death - yet here I am, and not only that, feeling fantastic.  We were able to give my son a wonderful afternoon and then go out to dinner and surprise him with a nice present.  The best gift was my sister, who lives 600 miles away, came to visit and was able to go to dinner with us.  It was a very nice day.

Of course, no matter how busy you are, if you are me, you check your email/facebook/twitter.  And, mine contained something special, something just for me.

Healthline, apparently sick of me winning their best blog contest and taking their money for free, had asked me to write a (paid) test article for them - if I managed to write it effectively, they would hire me.  The subject was about Triple Negative Breast Cancer and the Five Year Recurrence Rate.  They have slideshows on their site and I was writing one of those, so I had to break up the topic into pieces with certain requirements about readability and citations.  Despite my busy week, with several doctors appointments and a birthday, I managed to turn it in on time.  I was quite nervous about it but I needn't have been:  when I checked my email on my son's birthday I got a glowing review.  In fact, they said they often have to send some back for corrections but not mine.  "You nailed it" was the comment.

You can imagine that made me feel good.  So now, I will be a regular contributing writer to Healthline.  I don't know how "regular" it will be or how much work they will have for me but even a little bit will help me son with school - buy him coffee, a textbook, some pencils - or perhaps I'll even buy some scrapbook stuff for myself.  I now need Heritage papers to redo my mother's photo albums; my sister brought them over and they are in those awful magnetic ones that ruin photos.  She had a lot of family history in them, surprisiingly, so they need to be treated with respect.

So here I am.  Six months ago getting out of bed was a chore and a matter of will.  Today I have an employer.  Breast cancer is a funny disease - you never know how things will turn around.   Will it last forever?  No.  But for now, it's good.

37 comments:

  1. Fabulous news. And so well deserved. I look forward to reading your articles!

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  2. Congratulations! I am already looking forward to reading your articles!

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  3. Beautiful!!! Well deserved, Ann!! :)

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  4. Not surprised at all. You are an exceptional writer. When reading your posts, I've thought how really well you get your point across. It is a gift.

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  5. That is so wonderful Ann! Congratulations!

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  6. I am thrilled for you Ann!! Your writing is so good, and you will no doubt help many people. You deserve nothing but the best!

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  7. Congratulations! That's wonderful news! Also, Happy Birthday to your son! Kathy

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  8. Congratulagions! They also know that you will bring readers to the site so it's all good! Happy for you.

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  9. You go, girl!! Looking forward to seeing your talent for writing get another forum. Much love from Cambridge, MA

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  10. Congrats Ann. Way to go!

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  11. Sonia (Angela's Mum) AustraliaFebruary 2, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    Well done Ann! I'm not surprised at all as my daughter & I felt a bond with you even after our first read of your blog and f/book posts. So glad you're feeling good!

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  12. YAY for you! You are a wonderful writer so I am not at all surprised! Happy birthday to your son too! Keep feeling good kiddo!!

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  13. Happy birthday to your son!

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  14. Congrats Ann!!! All of us have always known what a great writer you are ;-). So happy for you - wishing you continuing good health

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  15. This is fabulous. Is the post up yet? (As TNBC survivor-so-far, I am eager to read it!)

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    1. Not yet but will let you know when it is. I learned a few things about TNBC that I didn't know.

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  16. Another YAY! You definitely have a knack for putting pen to paper Ann. And I am glad they realize it. Happy writing. And don't forget to let us know your son's college quest updates! Not that you would. :)

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  17. This is such good news, Ann! Both the writing job and the fact that you are doing so well with your health. I remember those blog posts where you could hardly get out of bed and now look at you. You go, girl! We are all cheering you on!

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  18. So glad to hear that you are doing so well! I want you to know you have helped me through some very tough days (and nights) with your humor and openness about your treatment. I'm just past the one-year point in my battle, and I really appreciate you. You helped me get here. Happy birthday to your son!

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  19. That's amazing, Ann!! Congratulations!

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  20. I'm not quite sure how I found this blog (I don't have cancer) but as a former English teacher I must say that your writing is superb. I read the entire blog in a few days and your writing has always been wonderful, but now there is a reflection and a maturity that really comes through in your later posts. I'm not surprised that you "hit it out of the ballpark".

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  21. As was said before we are all cheering you on. Thanks for your fabulous writing

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  23. Congrats Mrs. Ann! I just wanted to let you know you are an amazing lady with a strong spirit that is determined to give love to your family and friends, and I know that iron will will never be broken. Both my Mother and elder brother are survivors of different types, and if one thing helped them through, it was that will that you possess. Have a blessed day.

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  24. Just checking on you, Ann, it's been a little while since your last post! Hopefully you're just busy working on blogs for Healthline! :-) Just miss hearing you "voice" on the blog. Hugs to you!

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  25. Glad someone at Healthline appreciates your blog as much as the rest of us! A great KUDO to you being asked to write as a different kind of professional.

    My wish to you is for continued good energy to fulfill those coming assignments and rake in a little cash in the bargain!
    Glad you have recovered a little piece of your life.

    Steph

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  26. We miss you Ann, post again soon! Hope you're feeling well!

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  27. Ann that was fantastic thank you Lois

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