Don't put down the keyboard

There's one rule every blogger knows: Once you hit publish, it's out there. Do you still keep on blogging, even when life is tough?

Blogging is a very personal thing to do. I know I've said this before in my column here, but it's true, my biggest advice to a blogger starting out is to decide what it is you want to share on your blog. I know bloggers who choose to share everything and anything about their life (and all in between). I know bloggers who keep much of their personal life private, safe and secure on their blogs. And then you have someone like me (and there's lots of us out there), who chooses to share bits and pieces of my life, without giving it all away.

But what do you do when you're going through a difficult time in your life?

Do you blog about it?

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Why I blogged something very personal

I can't answer this question for everyone, but I want to share a personal story with you.

"I cried every single day

On Jan. 29, we discovered that my husband had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in his abdomen. He had it removed the next day through emergency surgery, and we had to wait a long and grueling eight days for the pathology report. Those eight days were a living nightmare. Pure and simple, a living nightmare. I cried every single day. I didn't just cry, I should be more clear, I sobbed. I was terrified. I was scared. I was feeling every emotion known to man, but still, I was trying to hold it together for my husband, my four sons and my family.

In all honesty, the only place I felt safe to share everything with what was going on was on my blog, which was new territory for me. It was the saving grace I needed. I was raw, real and candid with my video postings and my blog postings on MomGenerations.com and even after we found out Matt was diagnosed with a GIST tumor (and needs to go on a chemo pill for three years), I continued to blog about this journey.

Why I feel blogging during difficult times is a good thing to do:

Support

I can't express this enough. The support I received was overwhelming and in a very good way. I had people from all over the world reaching out to me, telling me their personal stories with experiences like this and keeping us in their thoughts and prayers. It's amazing how fast news can spread online.

Information

The tumor my husband was diagnosed with (a GIST tumor) is very rare in his age group -- usually you see this in people over 60 years old, not 37. I was sent so much information about GIST tumors from people all over, and not only that, personal stories of people going through the same type of tumor and treatment. I was even put in touch with a support group for family members of people with GIST.

Lifted spirits

I'm not going to lie, having the outreach of so many people lifted my spirits immensely. I needed a place to feel like myself and to feel normal, and my blog did (and does) that for me. I loved getting emails and Facebook messages and comments on my blog from people. It made me smile and made my happy and made me know people were out there. The blogging community rallied behind me, and I felt it, more than ever.

Don't be afraid to share pieces of your life when the going gets tough, it was the best thing I could ever have done.

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