Planet Cancer Roundup (Or "Why I Suck at Blogging")

Heidi Adams — By on September 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Hi, guys–
So I am well aware that blogs should be focused on one topic and that they should be updated regularly–weekly or even several times a week. I have EVERY INTENTION of making that happen. But here’s the problem: I can’t just cram in “write a blog” in the middle of all my shit. I need TIME and SPACE for the creative juices to flow. (Or I need a ghostwriter, right @winediva?)

See? Even just now I am distracted by a Reply on my Twitter feed to my post of “Working on a blog that will essentially summarize why I am a terrible blogger.” And I have five replies and am now torn as to whether to reply back or not. DAMMIT. Tweetdeck–OFF.

Reminds me of that joke: “How many people with ADD does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: “Wanna go ride bikes?”

SORRY! Sorrysorrysorry. Okay, let’s try that again.

So instead of being super-creative and thoughtful, I am going to take the lazy way out and offer a roundup to skim the events of the past few weeks at Planet Cancer so you’ll know why my blogging sucks, starting in mid-April. A travelogue, if you will….

But if you make it through the whole thing, hopefully you’ll have a little better idea of the things we do to keep the Planet spinning and get the word out to the people who can help us grow this awesome community of ours. So.

TOUR DE LIS: April 17-19
Courtney and I headed down to New Orleans to meet friends and family for this fundraising bike ride, started by the family of Josh and Abby Lipschutz, survivors of PC’s first couples retreat. It benefits the Cancer Assn of Greater New Orleans, Planet Cancer, and the Lance Armstrong Fdtn. Omigosh, y’all: it was AWESOME. I think all of you should join us in NOLA next year! Here’s a little video action so you can see what it’s like:

It’s a non-competitive loop on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. Ride a little, stop for some fresh catfish (breakfast of champions), ride some more, stop for some cheese grits, ride a little more, stop for some beer (aka “adult electrolytes.” At 9 a.m. Hey, it’s NOLA.) And then they won’t let you ride anymore because you had a beer, so you just hang and enjoy the music and the awesome people around you. Like my new Twitter friends Jon and Johnna Binsted, who drove over from San Antonio to join us! (@livestrongtx and @johnnak on Twitter)

It happened to be the same weekend as French Quarter Fest, so the rest of the weekend was basically spent eating and drinking and listening to live music in the Quarter. And selling beer.

Not just ANY beer. A HUGE-ASS beer!
Which leads me to…

ONS CONGRESS: April 29-May 2
The Oncology Nursing Congress is the national conference for our beloved oncology nurses. This year, their conference was held in San Antonio–conveniently close to Austin–so we headed down there to hand out Planet Cancer information and hang with fellow advocates, including Lindsay and Joyce from Fertile Hope, the gals from Cancer and Careers and the ubiquitous Jonny Imerman from Imerman Angels. It was also a reunion of sorts with Jon and Johnna, the uber-volunteers, and with Kaye Weinrich, another PC couples retreat alumna, who held down the booth since Courtney and I could only stay for a day, because that Saturday night was…

FLAMINGO-A-GOGO: May 2
Planet Cancer’s annual fundraiser in Austin. Even swine flu couldn’t stop us. (Don’t. Even. Get. Me. Started.) I think I shall make this a photo entry. For more photos of the shenanigans, go to www.annieray.net or check out the Flamingo videos on the Planet Cancer YouTube channel.

Olympic swimmer and testicular cancer survivor Eric Shanteau, pinked out!

Look! It’s Lindsay and Joyce from Fertile Hope! And Sasha from the Kristen Ann Carr Fund! We danced and danced. And then danced some more!

Everyone giving cancer the bird! This was awesome. Especially the children in the front row. Oops. :-)

That next Thursday I was back on a plane heading to…

AOSW, Savannah, GA
The annual conference for the national Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW). Here’s what I do at these things:

“Please, take my pens. They’re funny! They say ‘We’ve done drugs Keith Richards never heard of!’ And then send all your young adult patients to Planet Cancer and My Planet. Kthxbai.”

And then…I was off to Atlanta to receive an award from the American Cancer Society. But I’m going to stop this interminable blog post right here and now and I’ll make that a separate entry. Because it was actually pretty cool and slightly surreal. And I don’t have photos yet.

So…I’ll be back soon. No, seriously.

The End. :-)

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Planet Cancer Roundup (Or "Why I Suck at Blogging")

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