My Twitter profile (@knotellin) puts it like this:
Medicine and psych, Middle East and politics, words and languages, religion and spirituality, wrapping thread around air. Also, I have stage IV breast cancer.
I am a woman in my late fifties living in Jerusalem, on the border between the East (Arab) and West (Jewish) parts of this city holy to three religions. I am both spiritual and religious and I try to live my beliefs more than I talk about them.
I have been a writer, an editor, an interpreter and a translator. I’ve been a house cleaner, an academic, an archivist, and an advanced practice nurse. I make bobbin lace, tat, knit, crochet and embroider, but I’m really bad at plain sewing.
I love absurdities and humor and I am essentially a happy, positive person. I try to be kind to everyone, and I’m slowly getting better at it.
And yes, I am living with metastatic breast cancer, a fact that has so many more implications than “merely” the fact that I will probably die much, much sooner than I had expected.
This blog is about all of these things.