Laurie is a seeker. Her life right now is devoted to the thoughtful search for health, both mental and physical, for herself and for her family. After being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer several years ago, she found the strength to write about it with humour and compassion. But her blog, Not Just About Cancer, is well-titled – it’s about more than just dealing with a single crisis. Instead, it’s about learning to live in the present, to be mindful of the world around you, and to deal with the emotional fallout of such a huge event in your life.
Happily, Laurie has managed to move past the original cancer scare, but she’s still experimenting with clean living. Her life now is a journey – one step at a time towards feeling whole, and towards finding her way into the future, whatever it may hold. She writes about fresh approaches to eating, learning to live with her son’s food allergies, and her forward progress to eliminating her lifelong anxiety. But always, her struggles are hopeful, full of positive thinking, sensible plans, and uplifting words that will have you feeling like she’s gonna find a way to make it all happen.
It’s not always an easy life, but Laurie manages to inspire confidence that spring is just around the corner – that we can all look forward to new life, sunshine, and a fresh perspective. And on top of reading about her ongoing pilgrimage on her blog, you can catch up on her original course of treatment in her book, Not Done Yet: Living Through Breast Cancer.
Laurie has a little bit of peace, a little bit of hope, to offer us all. Come help yourself to some at Blog Out Loud 2014.