Last Saturday, Arielle and I got to meet a wonderful family: Tami Boehmer, her husband Mike, and their lovely daughter Chrissy. Tami comes to the Chicago area once a month for a clinical trial. We agreed to meet at a restaurant for dinner in Skokie, IL.
I’ve been a fan of Tami’s since I first became acquainted with her blog, and awhile ago, I reviewed her first book, From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds. She first became acquainted with me after interviewing me on the phone and introducing me on her blog. An instant camaraderie existed between us online. And, one week ago, we met at last.
And our camaraderie was still there.
I had a great conversation with the Boehmer family. I could tell Mike was so supportive of his wife and Chrissy was close to her parents. The family struck me as exceedingly nice, caring, and intelligent.
Tami and Mike have a wonderful, witty, sometimes irreverent sense of humor. I can also be irreverent. So we laughed a lot through dinner. We had a lot in common. We discussed self-advocacy and publishing, among other topics.
Mike has a blog, where he provides a caregiver’s perspective and keeps his readers posted about his family’s adventures. If you can, please check it out.
I am so very grateful I met Tami and her family. This is another example of how wonderful the online breast cancer community is. I never expected to have so many online friends when I hit my blog’s Publish button for the first time. It’s truly incredible.
To purchase Tami’s second book Miracle Survivors: Beating the Odds of Incurable Cancer, click here.
Have you met any bloggers face-to-face?
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