• Our WhatNexter of the Week "Carool"

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Our WhatNexter of the Week "Carool"

    Her story about her 20-year survival of breast cancer in her own words is posted on our blog page, or just click here>> http://bit.ly/2LcC1h4

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    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Greg, thank you so much!

      9 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Very cool, very inspiring, very hopeful!

      Oh, very artistic!

      9 days ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      This is a wonderful testimonial, Carol, and said in a positive way. Thank you for sharing your story. You give hope to all of us.

      9 days ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar
      MarcieB

      Thank you so much, for sharing your story, Carool. Sometimes it is so important to know we are not the *only ones* who have experienced this trauma. I am also a visual artist, but I found writing to be the thing that kept me going through the long ordeal of chemo (I had 4 treatments of AC too, but I also had 12 weeks of Taxol). I shamelessly used a site called Caring Bridge to blog my plight! The site is meant to let friends and family know about appointments and test results, but I went a LOT farther, letting everyone know how I felt, and even posting some photos and artwork there. It helped me, and my friends seemed to like it. Writing, like painting, is a creative outlet and I think we all need to be able to express ourselves while going through this. 20 years - wow! I'm so glad I know that.

      8 days ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Interesting story, Carool. I enjoy learning more about folks. Thank you for sharing.

      8 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      Thank you so much for baring your soul without reservation. You set a great example for all of us.

      8 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      And I thank you, po18guy, beachbum5817, MarcieB, Bug, andreacha - and Greg, again - for your words and encouragement. I love this site! Unlike other cancer sites I’ve looked at, WhatNext really creates a community in which we get to know each other over time, should we wish to. As I said, I’m so glad I’m part of it. We miss those who are no longer here or who’ve decided to disconnect, and we get pleasure helping one another. I just wish we could meet in person! (Oh - and I wish we could edit when we have a typo!)

      8 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      po18guy, I so appreciate your comment!

      8 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      beachbum, thank you! I’m glad I gave hope!

      8 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      MarcieB, thank you! What’s your medium or media? Yes, expressing oneself through any kind of art (visual or otherwise) can really help during treatment and afterwards. Art is a testament to the artist’s being here, alive, as well as a means by which to pour out feelings.

      8 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Bug, thank you! I STILL love your screen name!

      8 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      andreacha, thank you! I tend to bare my soul (and lots more - you don’t wanna know!) almost too often. But here it’s appropriate.

      8 days ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar
      MarcieB

      Carol, I work in acrylics when I paint, but, like you, I love digital art. And I love yours! Unlike you I am a woman of faith and that has helped me through all this, but I know that is not a choice everyone makes and I respect that. When I was going through chemo I painted rocks with bird nests on them and my friends came and got one whenever they were going on a trip so they could leave one to be found. I am hoping to get at least one in all 50 states (next week three are going to Alaska!). The rocks have a scripture reference on the back and whoever finds the rock may chose to look up the scripture or not. Either way, the image of the bird nest is what I want to *give.* It's kind of a literal version of *LIFE* don't you think?
      Anyway, I posted a picture of some of my rocks on the Pinboard of this site. Just go there and search under Chemo Project if you would like to see it.

      8 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Marcie, thank you! I love your ingenious rock paintings and the way you are getting them distributed. I love birds, btw (all animals, especially cats, but all). And I respect that people are believers and that their faith is integral to them.

      7 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @Carool, I really enjoyed your story!! And seeing your art again!

      @MarcieB, I paint rocks sometimes and then leave them around to be found. I haven't thought to put Bible verses on them, but that's a great idea! I haven't painted any since my son died ... and I have some half-finished ones ... maybe I'll drag out the paints one of these days and add some verses! My son used to love to take a handful of rocks and help me distribute them :)

      6 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      @LiveWithCancer, thank you! It was fun to write it, and Greg chose good photos (I chose the first one).

      5 days ago

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