Ok, so titling this Zeeeee End, was a bit of cheat to use the letter Z. So while I was being silly, it really is The End. I made it alive through the A to Z blogging challenge – all the way to Z!
Besides coming to the end of the blogging challenge today’s blog entry also marks my last entry here at
Teri’s Blip in the Universe.
I never in a million years guessed this blog would turn into what it did – nor did I think I’d ever have any readers outside of a few relatives or friends that I pestered to read it! I certainly didn’t think that it’d end up being a resource for people all over the world – in the beginning I simply needed a place to vent and get my thoughts and feelings out of my head and into print to try to make some sense of them.
I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve done with Teri’s Blip in the Universe! It’s heartwarming to know so many people have been touched or helped by what I’ve done. It’s really quite astounding when I think about the whole thing. If I’ve learned anything through my blogging experience it’s that, yes, one person can make a big difference! You don’t need to be rich, live in a big city, have a college degree, or know someone famous. You just have to care. Plain and simple, you just have to reach out and care about people, and share, openly and honestly. People can feel that sincerity and enthusiasm, and I do believe that’s what’s made this blog, and other BRCA related things that I’ve done become so successful.
I plan to keep this blog online as it’s still a great resource for others who are in my shoes. While I won’t be putting up any new posts here, I will still be active on the BRCA Sisterhood on Facebook, and I will still gladly respond to any comments or questions that are left here. You’re also always welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you prefer to keep your comments private, and I will get back to you.
If you’ve been a follower of my blog, I want to say thank you, so much for being here with me through my journey, my struggles, my triumphs. Your support of me has been more than I could have hoped for!
If you came here searching for answers, there is a tab at the top of the page labeled “BRCA Informational Posts“ and there is also a search feature on the top right of the page that can help you find what you’re looking for. There are also many other BRCA blogs, which you can see over there in my blogroll. —->
A few other BRCA resources:
Okay, so we’re not anywhere near a year into 2011, but with only two blog posts to go in the A to Z challenge, and for this blog, a little bit of this year in review seems like a fun way to use the letter Y today.
Some Interesting (to me anyway!) things about Teri’s Blip this year:
- As of April 28th I’ve had 13,991 visits to my blog. I’m not sure how many hits other people get, but this seems decent to me!
- Since March 2009 when I started this blog I’ve had a total of 72,220 visits here.
- Considering that I’ve had only 3,498 comments left compared to 72,220 visitors, it’s obvious that most of my readers are lurkers rather than talkers. Oh, that total is not counting the 1,572 spam comments that Askimet has caught for me.
- Not everyone who comes to my blog shows up looking for BRCA information. WordPress has a fun feature that shows me what words people are using to in their search engine to get here. Sometimes what I see here skeeves me out totally, and other times it just makes me laugh. Some non-BRCA searches have been:
* Kind of gross, but the number one, most searched for phrase is “breasts not covered” – so I guess it’s people looking for soft porn or something. It’s not that kind of website, people!
* The second most searched for word is “libra” – a long while ago I wrote a post called The Zodiac and Wolves. I included a picture of a naked painted woman with the balancing scales. It brought in a crazy amount of views (in fact, I wrote that back in 11-2009 and it still ranks #2 of the amount of traffic that came to my site from it!) Once I figured out that the only reason for the increased views was because of that picture (and not anything else I had to say) I removed it and replaced it with a different photo. I didn’t want hits that I didn’t deserve. Yes, I’m weird like that.
* I get a lot of hits from people searching for other people (most on my Facebook friends list) – I guess they wind up here because those people have left a comment on my blog at some time or another. Sort of stalker-y..
* “Guttural sound”. Yes, more than one person has typed this into Google and ended up at my blog. M’kay!
* “Dr. DellaCroce’s wife”. This one is a bit creepy – Dr. D is my plastic surgeon at NOLA, not sure why someone is trying to find info on his wife. Again, a bit stalker-y!
* “Hospital Gown Open Boobs”. Also “sexy nude women who had a hysterectomy”. Seriously, there are a lot of pervs out there.
* “Hooter’s Girls”. Not sure how anyone ended up here with that one, but they did. Interesting!
* “Rude optical illusions”. Uhhhh?
Okay, enough of that stuff. Most of the searches are legitimately BRCA, cancer or reconstruction related, but obviously there are some that raise my eyebrows at times!
- I’ve published 320 posts since I started blogging.
- My top post, or the post that has gotten the most hits, this year has been “Pictures of Women after Mastectomy“
- My number one referring site is Networked Blogs from Facebook – so most of the people coming to my blog are doing so through my blog auto-posting on Facebook. Never underestimate the power of social networking!
- My number two referring site this year is from a friend of mine, Janine. Her blog is called “Cut the b*tches off” – that’s the power of blogrolls in action!
- On my blogroll, the link that’s been clicked the most is The BRCA Sisterhood Reconstruction Photo Site. Cool!
Okay, so that about wraps up my Y post. Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow for my final post – Zee End!
Looking for something to do on November 14, 2011? Look no further! It’s the 6th Annual Run for Her 5 K Run & Friendship walk to support ovarian cancer awareness and research. For more details and to sign up, click here and watch the short video below. Thanks!
I’m taking a really easy way out with my X post for today – I had every intention of writing this up in my own words, but you know what they say about intentions….
Instead, because I’m short on time and motivation (and suffering from something like senioritis as my blog is coming to an end) I’m going to share a very interesting link here, about how chest x-rays may even further increase the risk of breast cancer for BRCA mutants.
Victory can pertain to many things. In today’s post I’m talking about the feeling one has after doing what very well may be the hardest thing in their lives, to beat a future enemy.
Victory1.a success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war.
This is my U post for yesterday – A day late, but better than never!
U is for Uterine Cancer. Some studies show that BRCA mutants have an increased risk of uterine cancer (also known as edometrial cancer) and other studies show that we aren’t. This makes me a little nervous! It’s one of the reasons I elected to get rid of my uterus along with my ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Though on a slightly unrelated side note, I now can’t help but wonder if it would have been okay to have just my fallopian tubes removed and not my ovaries! After reading this study that ovarian cancer starts in the fallopian tubes, not ovaries. Though this thought was out there when I had to make my decision of exactly what to have removed, I felt it best at the time to just get rid of all of it.
I’ve known of several BRCA positive women who’ve been diagnosed with uterine cancer, so it’s hard for me to not wonder about the connection to our BRCA genes.
The good thing (if you can call anything about cancer good!) about uterine cancer is that it’s typically caught early enough to be treatable.
Uterine Cancer Symptoms (according to PubMed health):
- Abnormal uterine bleeding, abnormal menstrual periods
- Bleeding between normal periods before menopause
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting after menopause
- Extremely long, heavy, or frequent episodes of vaginal bleeding after age 40
- Lower abdominal pain or pelvic cramping
- Thin white or clear vaginal discharge after menopause
I’ve come across a few articles that bemoan a woman’s decision to have prophylactic surgeries to lesson their breast cancer risk when drugs like Tamoxifen are available. Well, yes, this chemopreventation drug may help decrease our breast cancer risk, but a not so lovely side effect of it is uterine or endometrial cancer when used for five years or longer.
So in a way so much of what we do and decide feels like a crapshoot.
1.Informal . anything unpredictable, risky, or problematical; gamble.
We make the best decisions we can based on educated guesses that we form on current scientific data. I do believe it’d be detrimental to our emotional selves to go down the regret path. “If only I’d waited XX amount of time, I could have made a better choice!” As BRCA positive women, or BRCA mutants as I fondly refer to us as, we often feel like ticking time bombs and our choices are made in an effort to get to the cancer before it gets to us. While we know for a fact we have a highly increased risk of certain types of cancer, we can’t know FOR SURE if or when it will happen. All we can do is weigh our options against what we know and make the decisions we feel are best for ourselves and our families.
I do live in hope that one day it will be easier – hopefully for our children, and very hopefully for our childrens children!