Laughter. Conversation. Stories. Support. Camaraderie. Good food. A pause in time. Perspective. Gratitude.
That’s what you get when you attend a Breast Cancer Survivor dinner.
We’re all different. We all come from different backgrounds. We all had a different diagnosis. We all chose different treatment plans. We all have different support networks. We all have different recovery paths.
Yet, we are all the same. We have a common bond. We all have shock and trauma in common. We all have hope and healing in common. We all have breast cancer and survivorship in common.
When we come together, all of our differences melt away. We become one. We become Pink Sisters.
I attended my first event in July, prior to my surgery. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. I wasn’t sure I’d have anything to talk about with anyone. When I got there I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to see so many local women who had undergone surgery like mine and were doing well. I quickly learned that survivors truly are sisters. All barriers disappeared and we bonded instantly.
Dates, diagnoses and treatment plans are all shared. “I had a single mastectomy 14 years ago, was triple negative and did a mild version of chemo. A year later I had DIEP reconstruction.” And “I had my first lumpectomy when I was 43 followed by radiation. When my cancer came back at 52, I decided to do bilateral mastectomies.” And “I’m a care giver.” And. “My mom had breast cancer. That’s why I’m on the Statesboro Bulloch County Breast Cancer Foundation Board.” And. And. And. Everyone shares. Everyone cares. Everyone is different yet we are all the same.
The following monthly meeting was scheduled for two weeks after my surgery. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it, but when the date rolled around, I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to get together with women who understood me, who understood how I was feeling and who understood what I was going through at that exact moment. That level of understanding was very reassuring and comforting for me. Again, I arrived nervous and apprehensive and left feeling supported and seen.
Survivor dinners are held at different locations typically on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Contact us for more information.
I do everything in my power to make each one, not for the free dinner, but for the community, the friendships and the relationships. I hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us!
Be strong this week,