Virtual Families Face to Face

Posted on: December 27th, 2014 by

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.

Tami (right) and me

Tami (right) and me

Have you met any bloggers face-to-face?

Feel free to share your comments about the online community for breast cancer or any other disease that you are experiencing/have experienced.

4 Responses to Virtual Families Face to Face

  1. Mike Boehmer had this to say about that:

    Beth — It was great to meet you in person. Thanks so much for your kind words and support… And for your sense of humor. Here’s to a great 2015!

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Mike, it was a pleasure meeting you and your awesome family. Wishing you all and your loved ones the very best of 2015!

  2. Nancy's Point had this to say about that:

    Hi Beth,
    How lovely you and Tami had a chance to meet each other. Reminds me of when you and I met in person. I am so grateful we had an opportunity to do that. Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year to you and Ari! xx

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Hi Nancy,

      Yes, I thought about our meeting, too. It’s so wonderful to meet our online friends face-to-face. Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful New Year!

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