One bit of advice I always tell others going through hard times is to find your tribe. The power of community is amazing and can help you find the light when you are surrounded by the darkness. I turned to social media as a way to connect with other young cancer survivors. We cheer each other on! We empathize when side effects, scans or pain get in the way. We give advice on finding the right doctor, on how to minimize pain. We inspire each other to find joy in the journey.
This poem is dedicated to all of my pink sisters that have been and continue to be such an important part of my life. During my Podcast DJ Breast Cancer, I have had the pleasure of meeting such amazing women from around the world that have touched my life in ways I could never have imagined. I have been given access to their world and I have allowed them into mine. These friends and pink sisters motivate me, encourage me, inspire me, teach me and make me cherish every and every little moment.
Sister, Cheerleader, and Stranger
Cross Country, ‘round the world, up the street
You get me, you absolutely get me
You make me feel human, more complete
Pink Lady, Supporter, and Nurse
I don’t have to explain, I can simply cry
You understand me, you let me be me
Without ever having to explain why
Mother, Daughter, Friend
You give me hope, you give me time
You know my truths, my insecurities
You know my favorite wine
Podcaster, Blogger, Writer
You talk about my hope and fear
You know too well about scanxiety
And prayers for margins in the clear
Is the cancer back?
What are these aches and pain?
How will life ever be normal?
You get it all, you keep me sane!
Take my hand friend
For comfort in the dark days
I may not have all the right words
But I want to thank you always