No one told me I had cancer

no one told me I had cancer

no one told me i had cancer

The first post I’ve published (June 2018) was about starting writing my first book. No one told me I had cancer will cover my whole cancer journey/struggle/story or however you may want to call it. I thought I will be almost done writing it by now but to be frank, I am only halfway through. I could come up with a lot of excuses for why I am not in the editing stage already but that would be just a waste of my time and also yours, the reader. So the reason for why I am even writing this post in the first place is for myself. Today I turned 28 and it made me think…

I’ve been following Gary Vaynerchuk for months and I realized that no matter how many inspirational or motivational videos or articles he creates, there’s never anything I could say back to start a debate if he would be in front of me. If you don’t know who he is “just google it”, as he loves to say, but he is not your usual motivational speaker – I can tell you that much. He’s the kind of guy that makes you think twice before spitting out all of your excuses for not achieving what you want in life. So, this morning while having my coffee I watched again several of his videos and I felt like he’s yelling at me for WANTING but NOT DOING…

What do I want?

Do I want to see my first book published and people buying it? Of course, I do! But I haven’t had the discipline of writing a single sentence in the last month …

No one told me I had cancer is supposed to inspire people no matter if they had cancer or not. I forgot to keep reminding myself of this single thing every day. I felt like it became a daily task (and basically – that’s what it is) and not my fun hour a day of planting a seed. Of course, things have happened and not every day I felt an uprising motivation for life but I always had one hour to kill and that’s what I did – killed it. I could have capitalized on that spare time and invest it in writing a thousand more words for my first book.

I did not know what this post will be about until I started writing it. Doing it I am basically just getting things out of my mind down on this digital piece of paper to remind myself why I wanted to write a book in the first place. Therefore, closing this article I am promising myself that I’m gonna’ get back in the game and finish the book sooner than the already postponed deadline that I’ve given myself.

 

 

 

Youth Cancer Europe is a great idea and project

cancer survivors all over europe

Youth Cancer Europe is what cancer survivors and patients in Europe needed. I strongly advise you to check out their story.

The idea was born with Sarunas Narbutas, the president of the Lithuanian cancer society, a cancer survivor, and Shajjad and Katie Rizvi, founders of Little People, an award winning, Eastern European cancer charity. Together they created the Youth Cancer Europe foundation that incorporates youth cancer networks across Europe.

You can find out more by following their website. They have several projects ongoing and I haven’t seen such an organisation in Europe so far. Youth Cancer Europe is also formed out of cancer survivors from all over the continent that help realize various goals.

I had the privilige to become an ambassador of this european organisation. I have attended for the first time their international meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania – August 2017.

Bellow you can see a short interview I gave for YCE. You can hear me talking about cancer communication guidelines and my experience with it.

I am writing a book

I am writing my first book for about three weeks. It is almost half-way written and I will hopefully publish it in August or September this year.

I have my own history with cancer and I hope I will be able to share most of it. Hopefully, I will do that both through my new book and through this blog. I am confident I have a lot of stories to tell and hopefully will inspire some people.

I’ve looked into self-publishing with amazon.com through create space and ACX. What really got me started was this great online tool for writers called reedsy.com. It helps you keep your writing structured and you stay focused.

I’ll keep posting updates on the status of the book so you guys can be the first to know about it.