In Real Life

I had the pleasure to meet a Tumblr cancer buddy, Greg Barnett aka gbph, this weekend, live and in person!

Meeting people via social networks is still new to me. Before cancer, I spent too much time viewing computers and the internet as work or chore tools—not recognizing the positive things that could occur. I am so glad that I’ve learned how great it can be to connect with people with similar interests, opinions, tastes, and more. Greg has been a huge influence and great cheerleader in my post-cancer life, one I will be eternally grateful for. (I’ve linked to his Tumblr blog or posted his thoughts a few times here on this WordPress blog.) I’ve been lucky in that this is my second real life Tumblr meet up; I’m lucky to have a found a dear friend in the crazy fandom world on Tumblr in rouge347–and we were lucky enough to meet in person a few weeks ago!

I will never be able to fully express just how much my life has been enriched by these experiences, how much I love my buddies!

Greg and I after lunch at a restaurant on Maryland’s glorious Chesapeake Bay:


Author: Cancer Curmudgeon

Oct 2010 diagnosed with Stage 3, HER2+ Breast Cancer. Completed treatment Jan 2012. Waaaaaay over pink. Applying punk rock sensibility to how I do cancer.

5 thoughts on “In Real Life”

  1. Making friends with people via social media was the last thing I expected when I stated to blog … But it has happened …. And its really good!!!!


  2. One of my favorite things is meeting online friends in real life. I’ve had quite a few opportunities to do this – with the rare few exceptions (some have turned out to be not quite how they come across online) it’s been an enriching experience.


    1. Hi Marie–I must say I’m new to it, but so far, I’ve found it nice to meet in real life. I’ve only had one sketchy online-cancer experience, actually both Greg and I became aware of a young woman who faked having cancer on Tumblr, and it was not the first time she’d done so (on some other social media platform). It was quite elaborate. I’d communicated with her, it left a bad taste and made me gun shy about reaching out for a while, when I first started blogging. So Greg and I are happy to have connected!


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