About

Hello there!
Thank you for visiting my blog :)

 
If you’re looking for a bit of info about me, there you are.
This is my resume.

First, let me warn you that English is not my first language. I’m trying my best, but I’m sure there are plenty of mistakes I can’t see.
Please be forgiving :) 

My name is Andrea Si. (not quite, but close enough).
I’m 49 years old, single and no family.
For the past 15 years I’ve been living in Dublin, Ireland, but I’m not Irish.
I wish I was though!
I firmly believe that the Irish race is the most beautiful in the world, and I’m in love with those cute freckles and fiery red curls. So much so, I have spent a lot of time and money in trying to get them – colour the hair, wear clippers and rollers, use a certain shade of foundation and makeups, but nothing seems to work. The results are shaky at best. 
However, there is no need to worry anymore!
Chemotherapy took care of all that, and the struggle has ended.
Right now I have no hair at all.
My head is shiny and clean and it speaks in a universal language – Irish and German, American and French, Chinese and Russian. It’s all the same.
It tells you that I am a cancer patient.
I have cancer, I have a lot of cancer.
And this is why I’m writing this blog.

This blog is dedicated to all cancer patients, all over the world.
No matter what language you speak, how rich or poor, how old or young, I am part of you and you are part of me.
For every tear that rolls down your face, there’s a twin sister on my cheek.
We are one.

This blog is for you.

14 Responses to About

  1. wonderful writing Anna. You don’t need any editing – just speak your own voice as you always do. Might be useful to add an email subscription box on the right hand side so people can get new posts straight to their inbox. I’d love to subscribe.

    liz

    • Cancer By 2 says:

      Thank you Liz for taking the time to look around :)
      I know how busy you are and this is much appreciated. Thank you :)
      Email subscription?
      Aha, I think I know what you mean, let me look around and see where to find it.
      Fingers crossed everything goes fine, talk to you soon,
      hugs

  2. Pam Flynn says:

    Powerful stuff, I agree with Liz, just keep doing what you’re doing. Love Pam

    • Cancer By 2 says:

      Thank you Pamela :)
      I’ve been trying to click on your name and jump to your own blog, the one with beautiful vintage and stories about Ballinamore, but it doesn’t seem to be working. There’s no live link to get me there and I’m thinking that that may be because your blog is not on WordPress?
      Anyhow, I’ll be talking to you soon, and you’ll tell me all about it.
      Thank you for taking the time to read, and comment and encourage me :)
      Hugs to all in the house, people, cats and dogs, all included :)

  3. Dee says:

    I am sorry that you have become a woman of teal. But I want to thank you for sharing your voice with us. And a beautiful voice it is!
    I am a 6 + year survivor of stage 3b ovarian cancer ( with one recurrence in 2008) and have been writing a blog since 2007. You may not have family to rely on but you are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of women of teal throughout the world are your sisters and are walking along side of you. Reach out – we’ll catch you.
    I would like to post a link to your blog on mine – if that is ok with you.
    Take care Teal Sister.

    • Cancer By 2 says:

      Hi Dee,
      I’m such a sissy! And cancer hasn’t helped with that at all :)
      I’m crying all over the place right now, thank you for calling yourself a sister to me.
      It takes some of my loneliness away and makes me feel a little bit better.
      Also, thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and for your kind words.
      Much appreciated, thank you Dee :)
      Of course you can link to my blog, please do so! The reason I’m writing this blog is because I want to share information, the more info about ovarian cancer gets out there, the better.
      Let’s try to teach women around the world how an ovarian looks and feels like, let’s make them aware of the silent dangers.
      If possible, can I please add a link to your blog on mine? Just like you do?
      Give me a couple of hours, to fix a few things, and I’m going to come and visit you soon. Later on tonight. I’ll leave you a message too.
      Talk to you soon, hugs,
      andrea
      PS – Ovarian debulking done 2 months ago (7 months after diagnostic, initially tumours were too big), stage 3c. Suboptimal. Only 85% of the tumours removed. 15% still there.

  4. Dee says:

    Sure you can put a link to my blog on yours.
    You might also want to read a friends blog- http://sandhysown.blogspot.com/
    She lives in the England – a bit closer than I am in the US.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Dee

  5. sandhy says:

    Andrea! Welcome to the world of blogging…I love your writing style. I hate that you are in this place though. It IS scary. But as Dee says, we are beside you, so don’t feel alone. On both Dee’s and my blog there are links to lots of other women’s blogs too [horrrible to be linked by stupid ovarian cancer – but amazing to have such support]. And these women are inspiring. Have a read.

    I was dx with OC stage 3B in February 2008. I was 46. Take hope – we are women! We CAN beat this!
    Sending you a HUGE hug…

    • Cancer By 2 says:

      Hi Sandhy,
      thank you for the visit and for your kind words :)
      Nice to see you here, thank you :)
      Dee (above) gave me the link to your blog and I have visited a few times already. It is by far one of the most comprehensive blogs about ovarian cancer available, a treasure of information for anyone who’s interested.
      A winner of many awards, your blog is highly recommended.
      I want to link to you, and to Dee as well (try to grow the network and awarness), but I have yet to find out how to set up the links widget in WordPress.
      Hopefully I’ll manage to do it in the next few days.
      I intend to also set up a new page, (static), called ‘Cancer Resources’ or something similar, a summary of all the sites, blogs, forums, videos I found useful during my research about ovarian cancer.
      Knowledge is power, and it’s even better when it comes for free.
      But there is a problem.
      Tomorrow I’m going into hospital, for a second surgery.
      I don’t feel well at all, I’m sick and in pain, and I’m terrified out of my mind.
      I don’t want to go through surgery again, but I have no other choice.
      Cancers are growing and my only other alternative is death in the next few weeks (months).
      If everything goes alright, I’ll be back to visit you, and Dee, and set up the links.
      Keep your fingers crossed for me on Thursday :)
      If not, well, this is life. Don’t worry too much though, doctors don’t really patients dying on their operating tables. I will come out of the surgery, alive and well.
      See you soon Sandhy, and thank you for everything you do for us, women of teal :)
      Much appreciated, thank you :)

  6. sandhy says:

    thanks. Dee and I know one another – I am really pleased my blog is useful. when I first started to look for info after I was dx I nearly had a nervous breakdown, as everything was doom and gloom!
    Best of luck with the surgery. You’re right, doctors do not like people to die on the table [and it would be rather rude of you to do that ;) ], so I look forward to hearing how it all went.
    It can be hard to be positive. Especially if you try to think long term – so just think short term – get past the surgery. Have a treat to look forward too…even if it’s just a wonderful film that you love to watch, or a brilliant book that you could read again because you KNOW you enjoy it…or new socks? ;)
    Good luck girl! Speak next week eh?
    x
    PS: are you Spanish? what IS your first language – your use of english is great! I like your turn of phrase.

  7. Bob Myrick says:

    Ana,
    I have read every word several times and I want to read it again and again. I wish everyone could write like you. This part of your life is horrid I know but it will get better. You express yourself so well and I have given this link to some women to read. I cannot feel or even imagine what you go through; I can only support you as best as I can. You are beautiful in so many ways. You are you!
    Bob

  8. Ember says:

    I just read Andrea’s beautiful blog in its entirety. Does anyone know her status? I’m thinking that the news is not good, or she would not have ended her story so abruptly. Thanks for any information

  9. Bob Myrick says:

    I am so sorry to tell you that Andrea passed away on May 27, 2013. I only knew her through our correspondence, but she was a beautiful woman who was always trying to help others. Andrea is missed so much. If you wish to see some photos of her please visit a website I maintain for women with ovarian cancer. http://tealflowers.org/index.php/Ana-Andrea

    Though she thought otherwise, Ana (Andrea) was a beautiful woman that I loved from afar.

    Bob

  10. Hello,
    My name is Dr. Dana Hansen and I am faculty at Kent State University, College of Nursing. You may view my faculty website page at http://www.kent.edu/nursing/facstaff/bio/~dhansen1/ .
    We are contacting you because you are listed as the contact person of the blog. My research team and I are interested in learning about the family caregiver’s experience with reading their loved one’s illness blog.
    Therefore, we are conducting a research study and are inviting you to participate. Below are details of the study. You can also find out more by going to our study website: (will be added once website developed).
    If you are not the family caregiver of the person with a serious illness, please forward this information to someone who is.
    Family caregivers are eligible to participate in the study if:
    • Both you and your loved one are 18 years or older
    • The blogger/ill person must have a diagnosis of cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
    • The blogs must be written in English with a minimum of 1 posting per month
    • The family caregiver must participate in the blog by responding to the blog or reading the blog

    Procedure and Time Commitment:
    The family caregiver should go to our website where they can click on an icon labeled “participate in study”. The family caregiver will be asked to read and agree to a consent form. If they choose not to participate after reading the consent form, they click on the icon labeled “I disagree”.
    If the family caregiver agrees to participate, they will complete a form asking their name and how to contact them. Then a member of our research team will contact them to schedule a time to conduct a 1-2 hour interview where we will ask questions about their experience as a caregiver interacting with their loved one on an illness blog. A nominal onetime payment of $50.00 will be sent to the participant once the interview is complete.
    Participation is voluntary, refusal to take part in the study involves no penalty or loss of benefits to which participants are otherwise entitled, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled.
    Thank you for your time and consideration,
    Dr. Dana Hansen
    Dana Hansen RN, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Kent State University, College of Nursing
    113 Henderson Hall, P. O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242

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