In late November, 2016, I learned I had breast cancer. I’m blogging about it for my own good. Maybe you’ll get something out of it, too.

It is unlikely this blog will turn out to be a heartwarming tale of grace and gratitude. Even though my cancer news came on the day before Thanksgiving, I will not tell you how the warmth of the holiday and the love of my friends and family mitigated my absolute terror at discovering I had cancer. In fact, reader, it did, but I’m not one to schmaltz things up.

What I will do is invite you to join me on this weird and strangely fascinating journey. When I found out about my cancer, I started a secret Facebook Group for my family and friends. This way, I could update almost everyone about my health at once. It turned out to be a terrific idea, with unanticipated positive side effects, not the least being that I have a lot more friends than I realized.

People I’ve talked with on Facebook and face-to-face have told me they appreciated the community I’ve developed online. They’ve been impressed with the way I’ve been able to ask for what I need. They’ve been surprised at the ease I feel discussing breasts (!) Perhaps writing about my experiences with cancer and its effects on every aspect of my life can help others while helping me come to terms with this disease. Thus, “Walk a Mile in My Bra.”

Over the next few weeks, I’ll post some of the original Facebook posts that deal with my initial diagnosis, and I’ll catch you up on my strange, unexpected trip into the land of cancer. I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

Get to know your boobs and check them once a month. Early detection is awesome!