On My Own Feet

Day 20 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: Another question we’ve been asking our authors for you: how has writing impacted your self-confidence?

My response: I started to write again four years ago, shortly after a cancer diagnosis, when I joined a cancer survivors’ writing group. I think it is fair to say that my self-confidence was at the lowest ebb of my life. Don’t get me wrong—my oncologists were capable and tremendously supportive— but the process of going through treatment was somewhat dehumanizing. My cancer had become the focal point, not me. It took me over 3 years before I was finally ready to let go of my writing group, and continue writing on my own, and through other online communities I had discovered in the interim. While I can’t say that I am grateful I got cancer (I’m not!), I fully believe that through my writing and self-exploration, before, during, and after treatment, I have emerged a stronger person.

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