The 2019 A to Z Blogging Challenge didn’t go as expected for me. spent the months of January and February writing posts for both, Facing Cancer with Grace and Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker. I scheduled them to publish automatically, as I have done in past years, planning to use April to comment on other A to Z bloggers’ posts. In past years, this has been extremely helpful. This year A to Z would take a back seat.
In March, my husband’s cancer took a dramatic turn for the worse. By the end of March, after repeated visits to the hospital, including a couple of extended visits, he returned home to begin in-home hospice. That month was so intense. There wasn’t a minute that went unaccounted for.
My beloved husband died on April 26th.
Then, we began funeral preparations. His funeral was Saturday, May 4th. Now, we are trying to figure out how to live without him with us.
In regards to A to Z…
I did a pitiful job of commenting on other sites this year. Hopefully, I can call a mulligan. I did get to about 100 sites, in the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately, near the end of the challenge, I realized that my Jetpack plugin stopped working for me in the beginning of April, so my posts no longer auto-post to my social media accounts as they have in the past. This hurt my readership. I’ve looked into other plugins, but as of now, my site is “http”, rather than “https.” In order to authenticate my site with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, I will need to pay the added cost to change to “https.”
So, to sum up my reflection on this year’s A to Z,
It didn’t go so well for me, but it was also really low on my list of priorities. I do enjoy visiting other A to Z Bloggers throughout the year, so I plan on participating in the road trip, and even publishing a book based on my posts from Facing Cancer with Grace.
If you would like to read any of my A to Z posts from Facing Cancer with Grace, here are the links:
1 A Asking for Help
4 D Date Night
6 F Financial Help
19 Q Quit a bad habit
22 S Sleep Hygiene
May 6 A to Z Reflections
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In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.
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