As some of you know before our life took this little “detour” I was an actor. I did some writing while completing my MFA at the University of Washington and in the early days of my work. But I unintentionally became a “blogger” in 2007 during Ben’s illness. What started as a way to keep our family and friends informed quickly grew into a place where I could share our experience more deeply. When I signed off from our CaringBridge page seven years ago I had no idea what the future would hold. But as BTF got off the ground in 2010, I found that we could all could pick up where we left off. There were new stories to tell and a grief journey that continued to evolve. It has been a privilege to write here for the past five years.
Someone asked me recently in an interview if I was the voice of BTF. I said, “I have been a voice, but now there are many voices.” There are many voices that will continue advocating for this work. Where my own voice will go after this is still TBD. My platforms of interest (other than childhood cancer) are the elimination of the Kardashians in all forms of media as well as the termination of Daylight Savings Time, causes that I know are important to all families. No, in all seriousness I hope to begin working on a couple projects in 2016 and when they find a landing spot you all will be the first to know.
Until then I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for reading, for hearing my thoughts, for being on the receiving end of our grief narrative, and mostly for your kindness. I never could have imagined any of this journey, nor the words that would accompany it. But because of your eyes and response I have been less alone. And for that I am grateful.
I will look forward to seeing you all online again soon…
In the meantime, Merry Christmas – from our family to yours.