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Tami Boehmer: Blogging to help others, and herself

In September 2009, my wife Tami launched a blog called Miracle Survivors: Information and Inspiration for Cancer Thrivers.

Tami wanted to build a platform for a book she’s writing called From Incurable to Incredible. The book, scheduled for publication this spring, will feature 25 cancer survivors who were given a terminal diagnosis and shocked everyone by thriving years beyond their prognoses.

Tami shares parts of their stories on her blog, as well as snippets from her own cancer journey. She’s been battling a breast cancer recurrence for almost two years. She’s got Stage IV metastatic cancer, with tumors in three areas, including her liver.

Thankfully, a new treatment she started in late November has the tumors shrinking or stable. She’s also doing a lot with nutrition, excercise, spirituality… to support the medical stuff.She attended an alternative/integrative treatment conference in Florida several weeks ago.  She’s headed to another next month. (She gives updates on the blog.)

Back to the blog…

The blog (created by Jason Bayer or JManStudios, using WordPress)  is a social media success story, in my humble opinion. Our Google Analytics report shows that it has been visited by 2,602 people from 53 countries and 48 states. (Must not have Internet access in Wyoming or North Dakota!)

People in Canada, the United Kingdom, Romania, India, Australia, Belgium, Mexico, Malaysia and many other countries have read the blog. Most visits come from Ohio, Kentucky, California, Texas, New York and Louisiana.

On Dec. 22, the blog got 133 visits — mainly because one of the people featured in the book shared a link with family and friends. It probably gets about 25-50 visits a day.

Most visitors come directly to the blog, although a number arrive via Facebook, Google, our family blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, the Cincinnati Women Bloggers blog and the Nickles-N-Dimes blog. Some various nice folks associated with groups such as Cincinnati Women Bloggers and New Media Cincinnati have done a great job telling those affected by cancer about the blog.

Tami (and I) have made countless connections with people who have inspired us and lifted our spirits during the ups and downs of her cancer journey. Hopefully, we have returned the favor.

Everyone is looking forward to the book, which we plan to self-publish thanks to a financial contribution from a close friend of Tami’s. The cover is being designed, and a book editor is going through the copy. Tami is wrapping up the final six or seven stories.

Meanwhile, she’ll continue to blog away — inspiring and informing others walking the same path — the trek toward Miracle Survivorship.

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  1. mikeboehmer57
    January 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I am so privileged to have my dear husband as a partner supporting me in this cancer journey and my blog/book endeavor. How wonderful that I have someone so skilled in social media helping me out!

  2. Tami Boehmer
    January 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I forgot to login; that was Tami, not Mike bragging on himself!

    Tami

  3. January 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Awesome story. Despite the potential unfortunate outlook of cancer, you have definitely helped not only cancer patients, but their support system (relatives, children, spouses, parents, etc). Keep up the great work and stay strong.

    • mikeboehmer57
      January 30, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks, Andy. We really appreciate your supportive comments.

  4. January 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Mike and Tami,

    May the work you’re doing continue to inspire all of us. I’m grateful that I can call you friends and will continue lifting you and your family up in prayer.

    • mikeboehmer57
      January 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Daniel. Your kind words, support, technical knowledge and community-building contribute to our efforts. As I see it, we’re all in this together.

  5. January 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Your wife is so inspiring. I am so happy to hear about the success with the treatments started in November.

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