joomla counter

Gin headshot

Gin Schaffer is a former higher education administrator and works part-time at MWHC's Regional Cancer Center as the Coordinator of Integrative Medicine. She lives in downtown Fredericksburg and enjoys walking and biking with her husband and 2 kids (especially if coffee is involved).

Pillow Talk

It was August 2014 when I posted my very first blog for Fredericksburg Parent and Family magazine. I was grateful for the opportunity to write about my family's day-to-day life while dealing with my breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments. Blogging was the cheapest therapy ever! I have written almost 70 posts since that day in 2014 and have really learned a lot from the process. I have also learned quite a bit from you, the readers; nothing is more gratifying than knowing my words helped to make someone else's day better.

Over the past couple of months, I have been struggling with my blog writing. I couldn't quite put my finger on why, but I used to rush to my laptop with a desire to write, to share thoughts and feelings with you, my fellow parents. I could say that I was tired, that I was busy, that I hadn't been feeling well, but honestly, those factors have always been issues for me. In fact, writing used to help me cope with those problems - so I felt really perplexed as to why I was experiencing that ever-frustrating writer's block.

Then, with wonderful support from the Fred Parent staff, I realized there doesn't have to be a reason. It's o.k. for me to be honest and say, "I can't write anymore." Blogging served as an excellent platform for me in my transition from Boston to Fredericksburg and from cancer patient to cancer survivor. My not knowing what the future holds is probably why I was holding onto writing this blog. But, when I started writing I was truly lost, I had said good-bye to a 20+ year career in higher education and I was fighting cancer. Now, I'm working part-time, cancer-free, and have at least a glimpse of an idea of what I want my future to look like.

And, as I re-read some my own posts, I am reminded that having faith is a huge part of surviving the challenges of life. There are no guarantees; I hope that we all learn to embrace the adventure of the unexpected. Looking at these pictures of my family (October 2014 at a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and December 2016 at the Fredericksburg Christmas Parade), I think we've done just that.


So, thank you for taking the time to read Pink Ribbon Journey and Pillow Talk. I sincerely appreciate it. I encourage you to read the other great blogs on the website, including Shannon Enos. Shannon's blog will now appear on Tuesdays; she has written for Fred Parent before and is ready to return to share her funny, yet insightful take on this crazy world of parenting. Also, keep an eye out on our Guests and Ghosts section - who knows, you might just see me pop-up on there one day. xoxo

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Pouches' Community Corner

Postpartum Support Virginia

 pouches cartoon

For new and expectant mothers in the Fredericksburg area, Postpartum Support Virginia stands as the help and support for women and their families who are experiencing postpartum depression. Founded in 2009 by Adrienne Griffen, Postpartum Support Virginia offers one-on-one support, free peer-led groups, a robust site of information including screening and diagnosis overviews, fact sheets, and training sessions.