Wednesday, 8 December 2010

A look back at 2010

I don't much like the pointless applications that abound on Facebook, but this is one I feel differently about: My Year in Status. I've used FB pretty much all year to record my thoughts and feelings since being diagnosed with DCIS and having surgery as well as musing on the more mundane things in life. I've found it to be more supportive a medium than I ever imagined. I love talking about myself and to myself, and FB is an excuse for unadulterated verbal diarrhoea, which readers can choose to take or leave. In fact, I'll take this opportunity to say to those who chose to take and went as far as to respond throughout all my surgery shenanigans: Thanks. I'm so very grateful, because you helped me feel cared for.

Being able to look back on 2010 in a series of in-the-moment snapshots is insightful: A chance to see how things have changed, and a reminder that coming to terms with that change hasn't been a linear process at all. Most of all I liked the opportunity to edit the year and frame it in a way that is life-affirming and makes me feel proud. I least liked the fact that it wouldn't bloody publish on Facebook despite having three tries, so in the end I gave up and took a screen snapshot. Well. You can't have it all, can you?