Monday, March 30, 2009

Tell me about you!

March officially marks the highest traffic month of Sally's Circle, so I wanted to take a moment to thank you for being so supportive and encouraging during the past 31 days. From the birth of a new mommy to making big decisions to my (finally!) completed book proposal, it's been a long but productive month. I couldn't have done it without you.

I especially want to thank the majority of you who breeze in and out of the blog in ghost-like fashion, with no trace of ever having been here. You might be silent, but your mere presence means the world to me.

To celebrate this month's success, I want to play a little game. I always blab so much about my life -- now I want to know a little about yours. Please leave a comment (you can choose "Anonymous" if you'd like to remain private) and tell me one thing about yourself. It could be anything: how you're feeling today, the name of a loved one you've lost or miss or are praying for, why you come to Sally's Circle, etc. I'm excited to get to know you better.


  1. You were one of the first people I met at college. I had another friend at SU, whos mother had brain cancer. I was there with her through a lot of ups and downs, until the end, spring of senior year when she passed away. I bought a livestrong bracelet soon after that, and have never taken it off for even a minute since then.

    Keep up the good work here.

  2. This blog is thoughtful yet simple and appeals to everyone because (sadly) everyone has lost someone close to them to cancer in one form or another, or has watched someone they love battle it.

    I really like how the blog always ends with a question. It engages the reader and really makes you (the reader) think.

    Well done, Marissa. Well.done.

  3. I lost my mom to Pancreatic Cancer this past October and am trying to figure out the balance between grief and daily life. My mom was my best friend too (and the head of my advisory committee! :-) I feel that your blog really hits home on so many levels. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  4. I happened upon your blog through another Pancreatic Cancer website or blog (honestly cannot remember).
    I lost my dad in 2006 and have become active with a Canadian group trying to get an association off the ground here.
    It really helps to read/communicate with others who have stood in our shoes.
    It has been almost 3 years and my dad lived over 4000 kms away, but there isn't a day that goes by that my hearts doesn't miss him.

  5. I have been touch by cancer myself, this March and April marks my 9th year of survival.

    I lost my father when I was 20.

    With these two things I felt an instant connection with you, and it seems to keep growing.

    The one thing that caught me is you said you will always listen. Do you realize not many people will do that and thats why most of use feel so alone.

    You are awesome, hands down!

    p.s. We have something else in common that I am not yet ready to reveal yet....

  6. hi friend, I'm so proud of what are doing and where you are going with this. Big things are to come! Now, go bug Mark to work on your logo : )

  7. I started coming here because you are a dear friend and I adore you. I keep coming here because you're a great writer and you have worthy things to say.

    Also, lately I've been having all sorts of grief feelings about my grandparents who both passed away more than 10 years ago. With Jude's birth I feel like I'm grieving for them all over again because it's painful to know they will never meet him. They never met my husband, they never met my son. That cuts as deeply as when they first died somehow.

  8. I started reading your blog and never knew what to write... I can relate so well to the feeling that you write about. You speak right from the heart and it's really hits home with me. I lost my Dad to liver cancer in 2005 and there is not a day that goes by that I did not think about him. My son Dylan was born April 3, 2007 and I know that my Dad sent him to me for a reason. He is the love of my life and has really filled a huge space in my heart a space that was empty for 2 years when my dad passed away. Every milestone my son hits I wish that my Dad could be here to see it. I know he is always with us but its really nice to have a place like this blog to relate to others and know that you are not alone. So thank you!!

  9. This past Tuesday was 3 years since I lost my mom, Rose Fisher, to ovarian cancer. She is missed and loved every day. Thanks again for doing the blog. I can relate to so much of what you write.

  10. I read your post on "Life with Cancer" and have always read. I don't comment :) I lost my mom in 2004 to pancreatic cancer. She was my best friend. I miss her every day. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

  11. Hi~I found your blog after researching gliobastomas online. My mom was diagnosed Feb 08 and I am trying to deal with MY emotions and help her live each day to the fullest. It is devestating. My heart is broken at the thought of losing her dying. You have been such an inspiration and a peek into what my future will be...thank you. Paula