Until a week ago, I thought I successfully avoided the thing I was dreading most about cancer: losing my hair. But then, last week, it started to fall out. It doesn’t seem like it should be a huge deal considering how much worse things could be, but it is. And to think I spent years curling, straightening, dyeing, and all-around under-appreciating my hair.
So what does that have to do with BlogPaws?
On top of everything else that’s going on, John is spending the next year on an amazing research project halfway across the country. I can’t go – his rural site isn’t anywhere near a cancer center – so I’m here with the boys, being sick, with tons and tons of time on my hands.
Even though I haven’t done a good job keeping up with OMD! or commenting on other dog blogs, I’ve been reading them all, finding new dog blogs, keeping up with forums and message boards and the BlogPaws community boards. It’s sort of been a lifeline to me for the past couple months. That, and having Emmett, Lucas, and Cooper as my snuggly, furry nurses!
Over the years, I feel like I’ve gotten to know many of you and many, many more of your dogs. Going to BlogPaws in the past was an incredible way to put faces to URLs. I feel lucky I’ve made so many great friends through the pet blogging community.
So, of course I’m going to BlogPaws 2012. I can’t wait to catch up with everyone and to attend the sessions (especially the Google+ one… I’m still not sure I get it). It’ll be a challenge because I’m going to have to fly with all my medicine and have a doctor’s note and all sorts of things. But it’s totally worth it because where else can I connect with hundreds of people who share my passion for dogs and animal welfare?!
Tell me: Are you going? I’d love to connect! Hopefully I won’t be completely bald by the time it rolls around, though I suppose that would make me easy to spot!
Oh, and if you haven’t registered yet, I have a discount code for 20% off that you can use: BlogPaws2012-POPs-Maggie