In 2010, this blog was shortlisted for a Cosmo Blog Award. I scanned the shortlist to see who I was up against in my category and one blog stood out for being head and shoulders above the rest: Alright Tit, a blog about The Bullshit, AKA cancer, as experienced by Lisa Lynch. Diagnosed at 28 with breast cancer, Lisa told her story through the blog, the way she saw it, with bucket loads of wit and wisdom. The universe was in control of what was going on in her body, but she was in control of what’s going on in her blog.
Her extraordinary life and her sometimes gut-wrenchingly moving, sometimes side-splittingly funny, perspective, made her blog a must-read for me long after the Cosmo Blog Awards were gathering dust on someone else’s mantlepiece. She was irreverent, cheeky, sometimes a bit twisted. She didn’t protect us from what was going on with her. She put her ‘disposable paper knickers’ on the line, loud and proud, and we could hardly ignore them!
Neither of us won a gong at the awards (she was robbed!). Of all the hopeful, wannabe bloggers in the room where the awards took place, there was only one face that smiled at me, as I awkwardly entered, feeling hugely self-conscious. I cantered towards the friendly face and we chatted, and I soon realised who she was: the amazing Lisa Lynch!
I felt a little bit stupid actually, being there for writing a blog about my ‘courageous’ battle to be proud of my small-busted frame. After all, my boobs were healthy, that ought to be enough. To care about their size enough to pen a blog about it suddenly felt vain and foolish.
I’m writing this today, having just heard that Lisa has passed away. I’m truly gutted that the world is missing a bright spark that lit up the lives of many. And at the injustice of her being nicked from us by cancer at such a young age! Her brilliance shines on though, you only have to see the stream of affectionate tweets about her to realise she won’t be forgotten. Her blog continues, in the hands of Lisa’s friend Toby, and will carry on supporting a community of followers seeking inspiration and humour in the face of The Bullshit.
Cancer is an arse, be grateful if you don’t have it. Be thankful for your healthy body: use it, be brilliant, shine as Lisa did. Don’t look in the mirror and think that it matters what you see! If you need to be reminded of why life is beautiful and why you should grab it by the balls, get yourself a cuppa, snuggle up nice and comfy on the sofa, and get stuck into the wonderful words of Lisa Lynch on Alright Tit.