Monday, June 18, 2012

June 18

My goodness... What a weekend!

What an incredible, glorious, ride of a weekend.

I cannot even begin to tell you how amazed, and humbled, and grateful I have been to see the June 16th post here at Cancer Girl Central (aka: Razzzberries) circulating across the www. And I mean that in the literal, global sense. I've had hits coming in from all across the world. It has been mind blowing to watch the view count on that post jump... and then double... and then triple.

To give you an idea of what I'm seeing, I typically get between 20 and 40 hits to any given post that I write. (The 13 regular readers that  I have like to come back and re-read, is what I am saying. My writing style is riveting. The original 13 can't get enough.)

Saturday morning, I posted that entry to my blog and to Facebook and then went to a breakfast date. I came back, two hours later, thinking that I needed to make some adjustments. ... Edits, if you will. (I love it when I go out to eat and all I can think is "I should have structured that sentence differently", and I waste the opportunity to order extra bacon. Bother!) I signed in to do a quick re-write of the intro to that post, and I'd had 21 views. Twenty-one views, in only two hours. I was surprised, as that's my average readership, en total. Five minutes later, my edits were complete and I signed back out of that post, only to see that the view count had jumped to 39 while I was re-writing a couple sentences. Just under 20 views in less than five minutes. And that was only a precursor of what was to come.

Sunday morning, I was at 431. Sunday night, I was at 997. ... Just now? 1,536.

I think this is what we call "going viral", people.

I cannot thank you enough. For caring. For sharing a link. For taking a moment in your life to exercise your faith on my behalf. For taking the time to drive to the bank, to mail a check. For the emails, the texts, the phone calls, the friend requests. For the support. ... For everything.

The outpouring of love and support that I've received has been, well... awesome.

World English Dictionary

awesome (ˈɔːsəm)

- adj

1. inspiring or displaying awe

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition

c.1600, "profoundly reverential," from awe + -some. Meaning "inspiring awe" is from 1670s; weakened colloquial sense of "impressive, very good" is recorded by 1961 and was in vogue from after c.1980.
Profoundly reverential, displaying awe: That is how I feel after having seen (and more importantly, felt) such an incredible outpouring of love and support.
Inspiring: That is what all of you people have been. I have been inspired by how my story has spread like wildfire, from person to person, across the world-wide web. Thank you. Thank you for taking an interest in me, in my situation, in my story. In my life.
Cancer is a big, strong (and sometimes scary) word, but Love will trump it every time. It has to. It can't not beat it. I believe this with all of my heart and soul. ... Thank you for believing it with me, and for reminding - in spades - one (sometimes scared) little cancer patient in Mesa, Arizona that she is not alone.