Alma Mater


The editor of my college alumni magazine asked me to write an essay about going public. I did, and now it's out. Read it here.

A note to any of you who are insecure about your writing: As I write more and more, I get more and more insecure. I wrote three versions of the piece and sent them all in to the editor. This is not really professional behavior, but it was all I could do.

See, even with Effexor and generic Buspar, I still have a residual amount of anxiety.

7 comments:

moe99 said...

That is way cool. And I hadn't thought about the need to write in quite the same way. I've also been in therapy for 16 years of my life, but writing has seemed to fill its place quite admirably.

Cancer Bitch said...

I need a lot of outlets, I guess, and lots of help. Therapy, writing, anti-anxiety drugs, friends, Romans, countrymen...
C. Bitch

GwenP said...

I agree that keeping a blog or a journal is writing for yourself first. I offer a free journal site as part of my coaching practice.
What I find is that it gives people a place to think out loud then be able to read it back. Some how that helps make sense of the process. I like the ability to share those thoughts and get feedback from others too.

Cancer Bitch said...

Interesting idea. So is there a lot of feedback and is it productive?

GwenP said...

Yes, when you put people together who are going through a similar process- you can comment and add insight because you share the process. so a person journals for self then gets added energy from what others are writing about that may strike home for them too. What I add is the coaching comments
Please contact me direct if you want to discuss more
gpspiral@gmail.com

Terri said...

I saw this article; my husband is an alum. I enjoyed it a lot, and it resonated. You are right; it is getting tougher to keep the blog up. Especially when you feel pretty good. Except for hurting body parts and menopause.

Though I had a different type of cancer and not all of your cancer experiences were mine, I have a few friends with breast cancer and I always point them to your blog. So they know others have gone through what they are.

Colon cancer cowgirl (I think)

Cancer Bitch said...

Hi Terri/possible cowgirl--
Hope you are doing well. I'm trying now to make this more informative. The problem, though, with reporting about studies is that there's always a caveat: this worked only with mice, there needs to be more research, etc.
C. Bitch