Moving On

So, some things are changing around the ol' My Cancer Deployment blog...as you can see, I've reverted back to the original brown color scheme. I didn't get a bad test or scan, so don't worry your pretty little head about that, I'm just trying to put this here blog to bed in the best possible form for posterity (posterior-iority?).

Because yeah, this blog is doomed. I am officially done with all planned cancer treatments, surgeries, etc., and now we are shifting to maintenance mode.

For those of you who don't know from personal or secondhand experience or couldn't really get a good feel from me, cancer is FUCKING EXHAUSTING. Emotionally, psychically, financially*, physically. You can't run from cancer, take a vacation from cancer, or get a divorce from cancer. It's always there, in your face (or rectum, as it were).

For that reason, I am making a conscious effort to distance myself as much as possible from cancer, and that includes abandoning this blog. My deployment is officially over. I've returned to my home port (which is actually port free) and ready to try to reclaim the normalcy of my life, whatever that means.

But don't cry for me Argentina! I'm not abandoning you, my ever faithful readers. I'll continue to blog (and cuss, certainly) about the mundane minutiae of my life as a SCAHM** over at my old blog, which has been rechristened Sugarmouth. I'm still fiddling with stuff, so consider this a soft launch.

The contents of the old blog have all been ported over to a new URL, although there's no telling how many of the links actually still work...the archives go back to October 2000.

Anyhow, when a blogger stops blogging, they usually do some big send off in their post, but there's no need for that here, just follow the detour signs...

* fortunately for us our coverage is 100% comprehensive. Thank JEBUS.
** stir crazy at home mom.


Jen said...

Congrats B! Looking forward to keeping up with you on the flip side.

Tricia said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations on the Cancer Slaying. I'll look forward to keeping up with you on the new site!

Kelly and Joe said...

Congrats and goodbye to this blog! Thank you for sharing your deployment with us. We need to catch up live (or on the phone) with you soon!

Anonymous said...

YEA!!!! Congrats Bridget, and I'm glad you'll keep blogging. Reading your blog is one of my nearly daily habits :)

Dave said...

Couldn't be happier that your deployment is over and you're coming home. Strike up the band!

Ed said...

Congratulations. And the blog-death is a good idea - since even my best intentions have led to sporadic postings in blogland post-chemo. I am so glad to have gotten to know you, so to speak, and wish you the best. NED is your friend.

Lynn said...

YAY for being NED and Port-free.

I agree about the exhausing part - and that includes us caregivers as well. I know what it was like for me taking care of DH and a small one, and I was healthy. You definitely conquered as you went through this deployment.....glad it is over!

Will look for you at your other site.....and GO Bucky tonight (won't it be strange not seeing the band?!?!)

Anonymous said...

A big fat hug on the pier from the Brown fam, fully waving flags and holding signs for the successfully completed deployment of our dearest friend.

Anonymous said...

Gee Bridget, is this really you? I stumbled on this blog and suddenly realized that its owner might be the Bridget of "Bridget and Jody" fame. I see Amanda Close among the "friends" and need no further proof.

You and Jody seem so familiar to me (although we have never met). For ten years Matt has spoken of the two of you so often! Thanks for being so kind to Matt, especially letting him hang out at your place in Norfolk.

I want to make one correction. Somewhere in this blog you mention that Jody was "in the military." No he wasn't. Matt and Jody were in the NAVY.

I am glad you are well along on the road back to a normal life. I am so anxious to meet you next weekend. Matt has so many wonderful friends; and, if I could tell the story of only one of them, your story it would be.

Dave Gurgel (Matt's dad)

Anonymous said...

HI Sugarmouth,

I know you are ending your current blog, but I wanted to contact you anyway to see if it might be possible to assist in a health communication research survey.

I’m a graduate research assistant currently working
with Dr. Jeong-Nam Kim
(http://www.cla.purdue.edu/communication/people/jnkim.shtml) at Purdue
University on a health communication study.

Specifically, our research explores how information sharing behavior through
online communities influences coping strategies among people with chronic
conditions including cancer, diabetes, depression, etc.

I’m contacting you to seek permission to place an invitation to participate in
our online web survey on your blog to invite readers and
other visitors to participate. The survey is purely academic in nature and
takes no longer than 5-7 minutes to complete.

The web survey can be found by clicking on this link:

In the survey, we use the term “blog” to refer to any online activity where you
might read or share information in communities such as personal web logs,
internet forums, and discussion boards.

The findings of this study could lead to better management capacities of
chronic diseases as well as an increase in funding for research related to
online communities.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please don’t
hesitate to contact me at jguild@purdue.edu.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Justin Guild

John Gorman said...

I'm so glad you're past this stage. I can't wait to see you better than new!

I'll go back to my old ways and look at your original blog once or twice a week. Take care!

PS - no baby yet.

Pat McDoneReadingThisBlog said...

I'm trying to come up with something funny that will show off my clever wit, but I can't and so I'll just go with this: I am very happy and excited for you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers (and I may evey grace your "Sugarmouth" blog with my presence occasionally.) Way to go, B!

jaepea said...


Anonymous said...

Hey neighbor
I got the message below (now way below) and thought it might be of interest, looked up your blog to figure out how to pass it along and found that you're moving on. Totally fabulous! Now, however, I'm not sure whether you're interested in the info or not. I'll paste it in at the bottom, and if that's the wrong decision I'm going to blame the narcotics I'm currently enjoying post-little hip fixing fun on Monday. Anyway, congratulations, I'm a big fan of moving on--there are plenty of rough spots anyway, no need to dwell in the ones once they're done.
Well done and cheers to moving forward.

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