About Amy

I am an artist, writer, graphic designer, teacher, stepmother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, counselor, athlete, fabulous chef (if I do say so myself), and spontaneous living room dance party enthusiast. I believe that we have it in us to embrace all of life's experiences with flexibility and zest, as long as we remain emotionally truthful and expressive, and seek out support and companionship along the way.

When I began this blog in 2005, I was working as a counselor in an abortion clinic and had just suffered my second miscarriage. Having children, or not having children, was very much on my mind. I described motherhood as my "urgent but ambivalent aspiration." I wanted to write about that, about my work, and about "choice" from this wider context.

And then my marriage quite suddenly fell apart, and I found myself writing about that too.

Over the years, this blog has become a haven for me, a refuge, and a lens through which I frame my experience and gain perspective. When I learned that I have breast cancer, there was no question in my mind: I would blog my way through this as well.

My hope is that by sharing my story, readers might find solace, humor, insight, inspiration – something of use to take into battle in their own life's challenges.

I have received so much in return. Watching my readership grow from a handful each week to hundreds daily has been thrilling. Some readers have been with me for years, for which I am humbled and awed and eternally grateful. What a gift it is to have a tribe following my journey and cheering me along! We all deserve that!

These days I'm working hard to update the blog. I want to list resources for people with cancer and those that support them. The woefully out-of-date fertility and choice links need revamping. Plus I want to provide tips and encouragement on gathering a tribe of supporters around whatever you face, whether we're talking about fun, self-imposed challenges or not fun, life-altering traumas.

I've also begun a YouTube channel, where I vlog about cancer, life, and the silly cute funny things my dog Millie does to entertain me every day. If there's anything you'd like to see there, or here on the blog, I'd love to hear from you. Drop me an email, or post a comment below.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I admire your bravery, and think that your honest and direct discourse will help others learn how to address difficult, painful issues and experiences. Thank you for sharing your stories, and teaching us that whatever challenges that we are faced with can be dealt with and talked about openly, with a sense of humor, but most importantly, with a greater purpose to eradicate fear.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for all the "not so good" stuff that has been sent your way. I lost 5 babies and know the deep loneliness, bitterness, sadness, and just plain anger that goes along with it, but your ability to face it head on and give the experience voice is breathtaking. You are amazing. I wish you strength in your current battle.

Tammie

Anonymous said...

Stumbled upon your blog and stayed.

I feel a deep connection to someone so far away on another continent who cares so deeply.
Go get better and better Amy!
<jane

Anonymous said...

You can do this! I know it is tough but it gets better. I was diagnosised last June and after 3 surgeries, 6 cycles of chemo (also did a clinical trial) and 30 doses of radiation, I am just about 80% back to normal in just a little over 2 months since my last chemo cycle. I did in fact have my first "bad hair day" today, which at this point still consists of about a half dozen half inch hairs sticking straight up rather then laying flat like the rest. Keep fighting and laugh whenever you can, it really is the best medicine.

Anonymous said...

Stumbled on your blog last night and kept on reading!

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January this year. I am writing my way through it too on my facebook page (shafeenaaz nurmahomed). Can I add you on FB?

Love the way you write...the honesty of your accounts and the incredible way you have with words!

S

Anonymous said...

Do try alternative medicines as support--Reikki , healing touch, and acupuncture were all a great help to me. Acupuncture is especially helpful during chemo.

Anonymous said...

For me, lymphedema was a harder thing to accept than the mastectomies (no reconstruction).
Try to find a local resource for treatments with the LymphStarPro, cold laser. It reversed mine to the point I am free of the sleeve and gauntlet except for flights. Phone around. I found that service at an acupuncture office in the San Diego area.
Hang in there. My thoughts are with you. Teresa M.

Anonymous said...

I really like your blog. Do you have an email that is not public?
Karen

Amy said...

Hi to everyone who has commented here. I'm sorry I've been slow in responding but I do read these as they come in, and it means a lot to me to hear from each of you and I appreciate the afvice too.

If you have not been following, I'm happy to report that I am doing well now, even completing a 70-mile triathlon about a month ago and had a blast doing it. I hope you all are doing well and thriving too!

Karen, you can email me at amy at amykstudio dot com

Thanks!!

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