Meet Sam, the author behind The Annoyed Thyroid, a blog that is a ‘word tsunami’ that started when Sam was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, twice. While her blog started off sharing her experiences behind her treatment it is now more a celebration of life, kitchen capers and running.
I am a huge fan of Malinda’s Friday Favourites series so I was totally stoked when she asked me to take part. I have to be honest, I am really indecisive and like to have my fingers in ALL the pies so I was hard pressed narrowing my favourites down to just five!
I started blogging when I was diagnosed with cancer. During treatment, I experienced what I can only describe as word tsunamis, and this little corner of the inter webs was the place where I brain dumped. It totally saved my bacon. As I travelled along the road to recovery, blogging became more than therapy, it became something I love to do. I’ve had some amazing experiences, learnt loads of new things and connected with some beautiful humans and all because I blogged. For that, I will always be a grateful, and every day that I post, I’m reminded how something really good can come out of something really bad.
We’re a tight unit. We met on the internet and it was the best 35 pounds I ever spent. In the last 10 years, we’ve travelled the world, moved to the other side of the planet, and supported each other through two touches of cancer (me) and one stroke (him.) He’s my best. In every category.
I caught the running bug late in life, when I was almost 40. Prior to that, I could barely run for a bus, let alone any kind of distance. Now I’m never going to break any speed records. I’m slow but I go. Running is like my happy space; mentally and physically. It’s cheaper than therapy and for me the mental rewards are just as important as the physical ones. Since my cancer diagnosis, I’ve run five half marathons and raised over $4000 for charity. Last August, I travelled to California to run the Disneyland Half Marathon which was a dream come true. If I can do it, anyone can!
Baking is like therapy and I am a self confessed cake-a-holic. Nothing makes me happier than baking a cake, than sharing a cake. I bake when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m stressed and I bake when I’m mad.
I first came to Australia as a backpacker in 2002. It was love at first sight and after an epiphany at Bondi Beach, I decided this was the place I wanted to call home. David had his epiphany on honeymoon in Perth in 2007 and in June 2008 we crossed the pond and so far we’ve been enjoying our Happy Australian Ever After. It’s hard to be away from our friends and family but that’s the price we pay for living in paradise. Our citizenship applications were approved last month and we can’t wait to be real Australians. Every day, I am grateful that I get to call Australia home. I am literally living my dream!
Thanks so much for joining in My Friday Favourites Sam. I love your attitude towards running – I’m slow but I go – so perfect! And I totally agree with the cathartic effect of baking on your moods. Be sure you visit our almost Aussie (you are so close I name you honorary Aussie) blogger at The Annoyed Thyroid and say hello.
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