Dear Soul,

I know you’re all about the writing.  I am not giving up on you. You’ve done a good job keeping up with this challenge, though I know you are counting the days until it is over and done with.  The good news is that there are only 8 more letters to write for it after this one.  I know you are itching to write fiction, and I’m really sorry, but I think this has been good for you, and our mind as well.  I’ll give you a second chance next Friday – but really, I’ll just give you all the chances you need.  Because I’m not giving up on you.  It is just not an option.

I think writing fiction exclusively about childhood cancer is a fantastic idea.  I know you have been nudging me there this whole time, my whole life, and I’m sorry it has taken me so long to “get it.”  I have a feeling that writing fiction means neglecting this blog somewhat, and maybe I just wasn’t ready to do that when I dove right into this challenge.  If I get published down the road, it kill a lot of birds with just one stone – it will raise awareness in society, it will get people talking about pediatric cancer, and it might get more funding for it and lead to cures.  I know I have big dreams, but I also know that they absolutely can come true.  I know for a fact that I am not the only one fighting.  I am just one in the army against this monster, and we will not give up.

So, yeah, I am going to give you a second chance.  I don’t have anything to lose, nowhere to go but up, and I know it will be quite a ride.  When (not if) we get to the top of this very long, very steep climb, it will be so worth it.  There ain’t no doubt about it.



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