Friday, December 22, 2006

Cobwebs Of The Mind Blog Review: Karen M. Lynch's "The Breast Blog"

I'm a freelance writer and journalist. I'm also a two-time breast cancer survivor, diagnosed for the first time at age 35 and subsequently at age 38. Cancer, two times, and I haven't even reached my 40th birthday. If there is information out there that might impact the many years I have left of my life, I'm going to find it. Then I'm going to share it with you.When I discovered that Karen was bedridden from a recent surgery - well that did it. She did not ask for this review, she did not request it either in an email or at Absolute Write. But she sure as hell deserves it. For a great many things. So here we are going to review Karen's The Breast Blog and her own Web Site - Karen M. Lynch.

Why does Karen get this review? After all as you shall soon discover The Breast Blog, is not really connected to writing. Well, Karen is a writer, a freelance writer, as she tells us on her web page, Karen M. Lynch:
Aside from being a freelance writer and journalist ... I’m a wife to Tim, a mother to our three children, a daughter to my parents, a sister to my siblings, an aunt to their kids, and a friend to many special people I’m blessed to have in my life. I’m also a breast cancer survivor, a Delta Gamma alumna, a PTA member, and an avid scrapbooker.
We are going to discuss some of Karen's writing as well. BUT - and let me make this absolutely clear - even if Karen was not in any way connected to writing, even if she just owned The Breast Blog I would still give this blog a Cobwebs Of The Mind Blog Review.

Why? Because it is important. It accomplishes a public service. It is critical information. And it is courageous all wrapped into one blog.

Karen's writing is shaped by her bout with cancer. There is no doubt about it. She has had articles appear such as “Beating the Odds” published online at the Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine website (October/November 2006). And she is a public speaker on "surviving cancer".

These are not only writing credits - they are serious "person" credits. There is something incredibly courageous and important about what Karen does. But she is also a writer. Someone who has been attached to the art of writing since her childhood.
Writing was what I loved to do, what I was meant to do. It was finally time for me to be a writer.
And do not forget to take a look at the menu entry A Writer's Blog - where Karen chronicles her life as a writer and to be published.

Now let us take a look at Karen's The Breast Blog. I am not going to quote here or try and dig up posts. The following is how Karen herself describes her own blog - and it says it all!
I'm a freelance writer and journalist. I'm also a two-time breast cancer survivor, diagnosed for the first time at age 35 and subsequently at age 38. Cancer, two times, and I haven't even reached my 40th birthday. If there is information out there that might impact the many years I have left of my life, I'm going to find it. Then I'm going to share it with you. Thanks for reading!
There is a good chance that someone you know is struggling with Breast Cancer. Or someone you know is worried about getting it. This is the blog for you. It could save your life. It certainly can help you. And you will find gathered in one place most of the sites you will want to visit in terms of Breast Cancer. Also if you wish, will be able to contact a woman who has gone through it.


If there is any blog that deserves a clear five stars and a Blog review it is Karen Lynch's The Breast Blog. And if there is any person out there who deserves our respect for her courage, determination and desire to help others it is Karen herself.

We wish Karen a speedy recovery. We wish Karen only health and prosperity and peace in this season of total cheer.

I personally wish for Karen that all the darkness in her life is chased away - may it be replaced by light and health. May Karen be given as we say in Hebrew a "Refuah Shelemah" - "A complete and total recovery" - and may all the good she has done and continues to do in her blog, The Breast Blog, stand as witness to the courage, determination and fortitude of one woman, whom when faced with such news, not only decided to help herself but to help others as well.

May Karen go from "strength to strength".

Visit the The Breast Blog - it could save your life or the life of someone you know.

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2 comments:

Karen M. Lynch said...

Wow. You rendered me both speechless and tearful and it isn't even 7:00 am in Connecticut.

Thank you Teddy, from the bottom of my heart.

Gillian said...

This is so cool. Karen is brave and wise and it's great to see you celebrate her.