I had lunch with my dear friend Pattie, today. She’s pictured here in this photo from the Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer conference in Atlanta (second from right, last row; squint and you can see her!). Pattie is a fellow member of Pink Ribbon Girls, a group for young breast cancer survivors. Pattie and I serve on the board and are both living with stage IV breast cancer.
We talked about a lot of things, but in particular about how serving others has helped us in so many ways. Pattie leads support and prayer groups for other breast cancer survivors and does chaplaincy work for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. While our religious beliefs differ, our faith is another lifeline that carries us through storms.
I remember meeting Pattie when I was first diagnosed. In the early days of Pink Ribbon Girls, we had monthly meetings at what is now Whole Foods. Many of us wore scarves; lots of us wore smiles. Over the years, we’ve made lasting friendships, and mine with Pattie is a shining example.
I am grateful there is a group like Pink Ribbon Girls that offers a place for women in similar circumstances to connect. I was 39 when I was diagnosed, and it seemed I was by far the youngest person in the chemo suite. Younger survivors have issues like parenting, dating and career that many older people do not share. Because of Pink Ribbon Girls, I knew I was not alone.
As a token of support and appreciation, I am donating to Pink Ribbon Girls $2 for each copy of From Incurable to Incrediblenow through Jan. 10. You can purchase copies from the link on this site, Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, or (if you live in Cincinnati) Joseph Beth Booksellers and New Thought Unity Bookstore. Simply comment here and let me know how many you bought or leave a message via my contact page.