The Cookiegal

A blog about me, life after the death of my son, and sometimes just random thoughts! I talk a lot about my son Alexander who died on April 1, 2011 after a 13 month battle against neuoblastoma. I try to speak about topics near and dear to me.

Nancy is a winner of Top 25 Moms with Inspiring Families - 2012

How does blogging help you deal with challenges?

When my son Alexander was sick, keeping a care page helped me to decompress after a long day. I was able to write about his day, and not have to repeat the story over and over.
Since he died, my blog has helped me to get out many of the feelings I have been dealing with. I have been able to "speak my mind" about certain topics. I also hope that I am able to educate people in some way, on how to deal with a friend going through a bad situation.

What's a book or song that has inspired you?

When I was in college, my mom gave me the book "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale. That book has helped me through many difficult times in my life, and helped me to try to look on the bright side of situations.
"The Aladdin Factor "by Jack Canfield, has also helped me to learn that there is always a way to a YES, if you just keep asking!

After a particularly rough day, how do you raise your spirits?

This is a tough one. I have been having a lot of trouble with that lately, as it is nearing the first anniversary of my son's death. But, I do find that helping others helps me!