An Unexpected Whirlwind

I never saw this coming yesterday, but appreciate it nevertheless.  

Freshly Pressed on the Word Press front page.  Wow!   

What began yesterday as a plan to begin my 30 Day Gratitude Challenge resulted in a post to share it on a whim. Certainly, that decision to share resulted in a huge response to say the least. 

I view this blog as a means to record our lives and all the adventures in-between. It’s a glimpse into how our lives have been altered by my brain tumor, both good and bad and of course the baggage it’s brought into our lives.

The blog, which initially served as a means to communicate with family and friends has certainly grown since it debuted.  

I’ve tried to maintain an honest and at times, painfully honest voice here. My audience has always been me and my family, which is who I’ve always written for. 

Deciding to share all of this for the world to read was a difficult decision. Yet, ultimately, it was an easy decision. It came down to wanting to let that other mom, wife and patient know that they are not alone.  I never wanted anyone to feel as lonely and lost as I was after my diagnosis. I hope I have done my mission justice.

Thank you for your comments, support and encouragement. I wish I was able to reply to each of you, so please accept this as a sincere thanks for visiting, sharing in the dialogue and of course your support.

With stats, as I write at over 5,000 for this post and my subscriber base growing by the minute, I have been rendered speechless.  Thank you!

One day, Grey Matter Life, will serve as the official record for our children of the good, bad, ugly and beautiful that we’ve shared on our journey with my brain tumor (officially coined as the Piece of Shit).

Compiling my thoughts, emotions, experiences and of course all of the commentary of those who read will, I hope, one day provide a “big picture” of who I am and hopefully show my children, too young now to understand, that I’ve tried very hard to be courageous, strong, compassionate and grateful trough all of this. All qualities I hope they will possess and respect in others.

So, thank you Word Press. I appreciate your acknowledging me and for the opportunity you provided in giving my voice visibility. Thank you readers, subscribers and all those who commented. I appreciate you.

I’m happy you’ve all joined me here at Grey Matter Life and hope you are here to stay.



9 thoughts on “An Unexpected Whirlwind

  1. Congrats!  I am just so excited that more people will be able to share in your talent for truly capturing what it means to live. You go girly!!!!

  2. I can’t remember if I commented on a previous post or not. I found your blog by doing a google search of brain tumor survivors and yours was one of the first that came up. I have also been blogging about my own brain tumor journey and I’ve been hoping to connect with other people on blogger or wordpress or twitter or whereever who have gone through something similar.

  3. Jen- this WordPress honor is AWESOME beyond words. You are a marvel in this world and your reach is soooo great! You are changing minds, touching hearts and healing hurt. I feel so fortunate to know you. A big huge cheers to you – if you still need a Halloween costume idea, I’d say that Wonder Woman or Rock Star Momma would not be beyond your reach!

  4. I’ve just discovered your blog due to the WordPress posting, and I’m very grateful. You’ve taken what could have resulted in a complete emotional shutdown and instead took a stand for yourself, and by doing so, for others. May your following continue to grow.

  5. I was one of the ones who found your authentic and inspiring blog yesterday by accident (ha!) while trying to log into a friend’s blog and you gave me such hope. You have reached and will continue reach more people than you know!!!

    I think it SUCKS that you have to deal with the POSBT and all of the ‘side effects’, but I know that when my life deals me my own crappy cards as it has and will – I have an amazing resource – YOU. Your honesty, humor, wit, and wisdom are now part of my ‘soul nourishment routine’ – please keep posting – the good, the bad, the ugly and the stuff that you think is baggage – we are healing right along with you – no matter what POS is affecting us.

    With love and gratitude for who you are and what you are doing,

    • Colleen:

      Thank you for your support and thoughtfully written comment. I wish you the best as well. Thank you for the kind words.

      Have a great day!

      Cheers- Jennifer

  6. I wanted to tell you, that every time I see an email with a new post from Grey Matter Life, I look forward to it. I prepare each time with a cup of coffee, solitude and a smile. I could comment on every single post, but I don’t want you to get sick of me! I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to meet you and blessed yet again to reconnect with you. I think of you often and how you are doing. You have such a beautiful family and I can only hope that one day I can be like you. You are truly an inspiration to me more than you know. Anyway, I know the “piece of shit brain tumor” started the blog for you and your family, but it’s been the best reading to a friend from the past.

    Many thanks,

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