Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Blogosphere: My 300th post

Having a blog is a funny thing---public diary, and all that. What to say that is personal, but not really private? What to share with friends and family you know are reading, but also what to share with the many strangers who may stop by?

I've made a few friends in the Blogosphere, as we call it. These are people I've never met in person, but with whom I share great similarities and interests. Leanne, from Art and Life is a fellow artist whose art I love and we cheer each other's good ideas along. Bike & Beer is a cyclist who lives a continent away from me. We once traded cold weather cycling gear (hers) for a big salmon (mine)! We've yet to meet in person!

I also keep in touch with people I know and love who live far away from me; Brilliant Lite, Bugheart and Red Doors, to name a few. Since I live near the Arctic Circle, 'far away from me' is pretty easy to accomplish....

There is one person whose blog I've been reading for almost two years. A fellow bike rider who goes by the handle 'Fat Cyclist.' This is Elden, a man with a passion for bicycles and his family. Hard working, a good writer, clever, and funny as hell. Elden's written a lot about bikes and life in the cycling lane. Elden has also written a lot about his wife Susan's long and difficult battle with cancer. He's shared so much of his life in this---all of what his family has been through. He doesn't just talk about how hard it is---he's fought it with an amazing determination in whatever way he can. Fat Cyclist bike jersey sales all go towards the Lance Armstrong Livestrong cancer foundation. Elden has set up numerous fundraisers, raffles and contests in which the entry fee is a donation to cancer foundations. He's created whole cycling teams and groups around the country to give support towards fighting cancer. This guy is fiercely dedicated. He's raised literally hundreds of thousands of dollars that all go towards cancer fighting efforts.

I'm so sad to read this morning that his wife Susan died yesterday, August 5th. Hell, I've been reading along with Elden for two years and I feel like this guy is my friend. I just broke down and cried. My heart goes out to him and his family.

I don't know if there's a way to 'fight' cancer. The cells don't care----they'll take what they want no matter what. I have friends and family with cancer right now.

All I know is that this guy whom I've never met has really impressed me with his honor, fortitude and heart. You can read about him....he's Fat Cyclist.

The blogosphere is a consensual forum to share our lives, stories, projects and opinions in whatever form. (Hey, being an introvert, I totally love it.) It's a sad day for someone I've never laid eyes on but care deeply about.

My sincere condolences, Elden.