Katie Strumpf
"Helping kids with cancer.......a cancer survivor's story"  

Sleepless in the South starts

A month ago, I packed up Adam's car (well, my car, but I still think of it as his.), and headed south. I felt like a scene from a movie, small car packed to the brim, a packed bag of food from my mom, headed south to find my way. Cue the cheesy music, I imagine "Pocket Full of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield, except unlike the characters on the Hills, I lack the bleached blond straight hair, the convertible, and, well, a desire to go to L.A. 

I never thought I would have a blog. I love reading blogs, and embarrassingly enough, religiously read a fictional blog on Cosmopolitan.com. I also felt that blogs made people think they were more important than they really are. Yet here I find myself at a major transitional stage of my life, and I love to write. So perhaps I think I am more important than I really am, but I thought the blog would be a good way to stay in touch with my friends and family, and maybe help another young widow who happens to stumble across it. Plus, I am a really random person and have been told I am funny, so I thought people might want to read it. Yep, already thinking I am more important than I really am. 

A year ago I lived in Bethesda, MD, worked at a nonprofit for kids with life-threatening diseases, and Adam was getting ready to start his stem-cell transplant in NY, and we were filled with hope that the transplant would leave him cancer-free for life. Now I am in Charleston, S.C., job searching, and Adam passed away. Sometimes I am overwhelmed with all the changes, and the worst change of all, the loss of Adam. Yet I find myself still filled with hope, hope that I can dust myself off, and find my new path after the chaos and sadness of the past year. I am still dusting, and find myself Sleepless in the South. 

Posted by Katie Strumpf at 6:13 PM on January 31, 2011 | Comments (1)


Katie you're a sweet girl and our hearts all go out to you always!

Posted by Jason Yang at 6:13 PM on January 31, 2011

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