Cancer is annoying in ways I didn't fully appreciate. My guess is this is true of all serious illnesses in the digital age.
Keeping people informed about diagnosis, progress, and updates, when people live thousands of miles apart is a giant pain in the ass.
Why can't I relay the info to an insanely gossipy person and just call it a day?
Ideally, telling one person could ensure the news would spread to others, but that only works when people are arranged in certain types of networks.
None of the spokes f*cking connect, so all correspondence needs to be unique.
Currently, most of the meaningful connections I have are arranged across a hub and spoke style network, where I am at the hub and none of the spokes connect.
Here's an example of this:
If I want to update people en masse, I need to make contact via phone with at least 10 people; can get away with texting about 30 or so; have to email under separate cover another 50; and while Instagram is amazing for many of the text and email contacts, it doesn't allow the full scope of detail or cover any of the phone call people. I literally run out of time in the day trying to connect!
I need an entire fleet of phone operators to keep people informed.
My solution, as a selectively gregarious introvert, is to turn to the interwebs. I already own this domain, so this blog is where I will provide details and updates about Cancerpalooza.
Pen and ink correspondence is a more fun means of ephemera, anyway.
I like the idea of being able to provide this information in narrative form, with images, and then save the individualized correspondence for my favorite way to communicate, snail mail. 🐌 📬