As I type, I'm sitting in an airport waiting on a delayed flight. I've had a lot of time to ponder things the past few days...time in airports, time in airplanes, time in the car, time in a quiet hotel room - lots of think time! I keep thinking of people that I need to thank, chores I need to do, business ideas, ideas for the Jennifer Ireland Foundation, and much more. My "to do" list keeps growing! One thing I keep coming back to is the unbelievable amount of traffic on this blog. Just a few days ago, for no particular reason, there were 8000 page views and I didn't even post. As we near 400,000 hits since early January of 2006, I figured I could spread the attention. I have had countless people contact me regarding their own similar situations or stories of friends, family, or acquaintances that are enduring cancer. Many of these patients out there have been communicating to others via blogs and there are even some that were inspired to start a blog after reading ours. I'd like to start compiling a list of those blog sites and spread the love, attention, encouragement, and prayers that Jen and our family have been so fortunate to experience. On the right sidebar of this blog I have set up a "blogroll" called the Cancer Blog Network. I'd like to continue to add sites to that list as they are brought to my attention. You are all such great people and there are so many out there that deserve the attention that you have given us. Something as simple as blog traffic statistics (hits on a person's blog) can be an additional tool of encouragement for those affected by this crappy disease. I said crappy, but I meant something else! Anyway, I'll add the blogs to this post and the blogroll as they come...
Cancer Blog NetworkAnice Sewell - Anice is a young wife and mother with three small children, Zachary, Kylie, and Tate. Anice was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2007.
Colon Cancer Sucks Ass - Christine is a 29 year old diagnosed with colon cancer in August of 2005.
Shawndra Turner - Shawndra is a 30 year old mother and wife diagnosed with colorectal cancer in November of 2006.
Dana Velander (Caringbridge site) - Dana is an 8 year old diagnosed with a relaps of liver cancer in 2004. She has shown no sign of disease since September of 2005.
Katie Smith - Maintained by her husband James. Katie passed away in November of 2006 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Keith McCord - Maintained by his wife Stephanie. Keith, father and husband, passed away in December of 2006 following a battle with cancer.
Karen Kisherwood - Karen is a 35 year old mother and wife that was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2005.
Wendy Mundell - Wendy is a 41 year old wife diagnosed with colon cancer in January of 2006.
A Journal of Survival - With help from daughter Misty, Donna maintains a blog. Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2006.
Kari Moroz - Kari is a 30 year old mother diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.
Leroy Sievers - "My Cancer" is a blog chronicalling Leroy's battle with cancer. He has worked for both CBS and ABC News and is the former executive producer of Nightline.
Nate Barrell - Nate is a 31 year old father diagnosed with colon cancer in January of 2006.
Jaymun Kaat - Young child diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia shortly after birth.
Tom Lavelle - Tom is a 39 year old husband and father diagnosed with kidney cancer in June of 2005. He currently shows no visible sign of disease.
Adam Beldycki - Adam is a 31 year old that has battled colon cancer. He is currently visibly free of disease.
Sahara Aldridge - 12 year old diagnosed with brainstem tumor in 2006.
Lara Dwyer - Lara, wife and mother of two, passed away in January of 2007 at age 32 following a year and a half battle with cancer.
Kristy Dusseau - Kristy was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 24. She is now 26 and fighting like a champ.
Mary Winfrey - Mary, a good friend of the family, was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 2006. This wife and mother of one will not let her diagnosis slow her down.
Trent Zimmerman - Trent passed away in April of 2007 at 20 years old. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the summer of 2004. In January of 2006 he found out the cancer had returned. His girlfriend Casey McCoy has maintained a Carepages.org site for Trent called TrentZimm.
May Jen's strength and courage be inspiration to those fighting cancer, and may our family's love and resolve to carry on in Jen's honor be inspiration to those that have lost loved ones as a result of cancer.