Saturday, January 21, 2012
Here is an excerpt from one of these exceptional women who reached out to me:
"Fast forward to today. My hair is back. My love for life is full. My family is stronger than ever. I'm healthy. And I've got a huge (sadly) circle of young women who are so close to me -- my silver linings out of all of this. The pink ladies I have made along the way have been a lifeline for me. We often meet for coffee or dinner to catch up, which usually includes a "show n tell" trip to the bathroom to inspect reconstructive surgeries, boobs, wigs and scars. But they are amazingly filled with laughter, sometimes tears, and undoubtedly always end with a big hug and a sense of connection -- one that is so rare. How you can have a stranger who barely knows your every day life turn in to someone at the other end of the "red phone"... I will never know why this is the case, but I can attest to the power of this sisterhood."
The one line that has been the most overwhelming for me that I am grasping onto is, "Remember, you became a survivor the moment you were diagnosed." That is the mindset of these women that I proudly call my sisters now. This positive attitude and hopeful outlook is something I will hang on to and practice daily.
I cannot begin to describe how incredibly grateful I am for all the love, warm thoughts and prayers. I am truly blessed, despite being diagnosed with cancer. I guess life is just funny that way. I will never be able to say thank you enough. I am truly humbled.