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I See You, 2017!

And you don’t waste anytime and we are glad for it!  Y’all! Look what we did! And I mean We, as in anyone who is reading/following Trent and the rest of GP6.  Look what we did. I was experiencing some doubt regarding this here blog recently and I would be lying to you if I didn’t admit to some weird feelings about this thing that’s happening, but I’m working through that. So, here’s the deal, one of my super soul sister’s (Betty) took it upon herself to nominate our blog to be featured on the I Had Cancer website, which is dedicated to the support of any and all individuals who have been touched by cancer – totally in our wheelhouse, right?  Well, I don’t know how to…so I’ll just let you read what we got today.

Dear Adrienne,

First of all, happy new year! We’ve spent a lot of time poring over the submissions sent in and after careful consideration, we’re very happy to announce that your submission, Confessions From the Cancer House, will be specially mentioned for IHadCancer’s 2016 Blog Awards. Congratulations! It is already live on our site and will be published across our social media accounts this evening.

We will be spending the next few weeks sharing the article featuring your blog and other amazing authors, so if you would like to help us spread the word and gloat a little (deservedly!), please do so. You can tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well as use the hashtag #IHCblogawards.

Thank you so much for participating, and congratulations again!

Sincerely,

The IHadCancer Team

Uhhh, ok. Wait. What?! No way. No. Way. For Real?! So like, we’re really helping people and stuff?! Really? Really. LOOK WHAT WE DID! LOOK AT GOD!

Thank you, I Had Cancer! This is unbelievable and we are STOKED! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us to spread our message of hope and faith, and grace, to any and all who will listen. Thank you.

I wanted to quit, several times.  I almost always want whatever I’ve put out there back immediately after I’ve hit post, but I click that little button anyway. I promised myself that if I could just have confirmation of just one person finding something here that gave them some sort of relief from the isolation that is cancer I would keep writing.  Then, you. I’d hear from you that something I was experiencing was true and real to you as well. And, as cheesebally as it sounds, you kept me going. Listen, I know it’s not Pulitzer. I get that, but for me, all I want to do is help. And we’re doing that. We’re making a difference. I cannot tell you how GOOD that feels. Y’all, let’s just soak that up for a second…

Incredible. Thank you. I can keep going now. I will keep going now.

All the love.

A

To my dear friends who truly understand my grief – Kristy, Candace, Brandy, Sara, Rebecca, Diedre, Haley, Mandy, Ralph, Kathleen, Kat, Tracy, Adrienne, John, Jon, Meta, Jesse, Jess, Matt, Elizabeth. Amber. Rebecca. Loss transforms a person. When I write I think of you.

To The Crew – you know who you are and I hope you know what you mean to me. If not – My feelings for you are probably kind of obscene, it goes way past love.  Some other level shit. Soul-shit. God-shit. Thank you. Namaste.

And to my family who have unashamedly allowed me to put our lives on blast, like all the way live, for 2 1/2 years because they love me and they love Trent.  That’s all. I know it’s not easy, but you know what it means to us, so it means something to you and that’s awesome. My bebes. Robbie. Frank. My love. Trent.

Oh yeah, here’s the link. We’re third from the top.

I’ll update us soon. For now, just this.

I Had Cancer Top 10 Blog of 2016

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6 thoughts on “I See You, 2017!

  1. Congratulations, Adrienne and family,

    Of course, you deserve the recognition and of course, you are helping everyone who reads your experience. I appreciate your open heart and your honesty. You inspire me to open my heart and to live each minute. Just that has helped me slow down my life and to take in God’s gifts as they come. I am noticing they come more frequently than I remember, but I believe it is because of what your writing has taught me.

    Hugs to you, Trent and the kids. Prater

    On Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Confessions From The Cancer House wrote:

    > Adrienne Ringer-Gibson posted: “And you don’t waste anytime and we are > glad for it! Y’all! Look what we did! And I mean We, as in anyone who is > reading/following Trent and the rest of GP6. Look what we did. I was > experiencing some doubt regarding this here blog recently and ” >

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    1. Cary! I miss you. I feel like because of our birthday thing I understand exactly what you are describing. So busy doing for others, we forget about enjoying the doing. I see you traveling! What you wrote is all I’ve ever wanted out of this – Hopefully giving the people I love a reminder of how precious our lives are and that they are meant to be lived fully and abundantly. It’s a gift and He wants us to use it up and love love love. Our best to Hunter❤️

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    2. Wow! This totally doesn’t surprise me! You are such a great writer and the information you share is so helpful! Congratulations! And thank you! You’ve helped me so much! Back in July my husband was having some symptoms that needed looked at. It took THREE MONTHS of testing and waiting before we got the diagnosis. I thought of you many times while I waited. After he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Perpura (ITP), a blood disorder where your body eats its own platelets, I was relieved that it wasn’t the liver cancer, lymphoma or leukemia it could have been. But then I immediately felt guilty and wondered why do some people get cancer, some get other diagnoses and others never get sick? ITP is treated with chemo so we went one day a week for five weeks and hung out all day at Texas Oncology. Again, I was humbled to see how many people are really sick – such brave souls – in that infusion room. And, again, I thought about you and Trent and the journey ya’ll have been on. I thought especially of you that first time I saw my husband realize he’s not made of steel and wondered if it hurt deep in your soul like it did mine. Watching that chemo wreak havoc on his body sucks, but I know I don’t need to tell you that! I thought about you when friends disappointed me and when others surprised me. Sometimes I felt all alone. Since it wasn’t my disease to talk to others about, it was his, I couldn’t talk about it. I wanted to let him talk about it when he was ready. I’m a communicator and I solve problems by talking them out with others but since I couldn’t I devoured every one of your posts and worked through it that way. I am so thankful to you for being so transparent and vulnerable. It made me feel okay about some of my thoughts and it made me realize that we are all on a path that is our own but we need others to walk the path with us. Thank you for making your walk one that is so unselfishly helping others make their way! God bless you and your family! I will keep praying for you!!!!!

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  2. Congratulations on your blog recognition. But, better still, congratulations on the beautiful pictures of joy that your family was able to communicate being with each other over the holidays. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you all.

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