340: Margaret Cahill: Beating Cancer By Blogging To The World
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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lady who is inspiring the world to tackle issues that could affect all of us in our lives.
Hopefully it doesn’t, but if it does then she has shown that it shouldn’t be the end of our lives, but simply just another stage of what makes up our lives.
Diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2012 the author resorted to a blog to keep in touch with friends, and unwittingly ended up writing about the good, the bad and the ugly side of cancer, which attracted many followers.
Is there a good?
Very possibly. Bad and ugly, definitely.
There is also an extremely funny side – wry observations that brought humour into an otherwise bleak landscape which included chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.
And I think that says so much of how life is generally, and what makes Join Up Dots such a powerful concept.
Are the bad times, the good times, and the good times the bad times?
Who truly knows.
But what we do know is that we will learn more from the moments of our lives that challenge us, than the ones where everything goes our way.
So the moment when she was told the news of her illness, was this a complete shocker or had she realised that something was right?
And has she been amazed by the support that blogging her way through this illness has brought into her life?
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Margaret Cahill
During the show we discussed such weighty topics as:
Why she feels that she would only have written a book of her own, the way she has done, by living through an illness that gave her something truly honest to say about her life.
How she knew that there was something terribly wrong with her, and started diagnosing herself by typing into the internet to see what could be wrong. Scary stuff!
Why she feels that having a project in her life at the time of her illness was the best thing she could have had, and now is becoming an amazing opportunity to build into her life.
Why she truly believes that we must all stay in the here and now, and be present in our life. It’s the only part that is truly real and can be savoured.
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