Join the Club

In life, there are lots of clubs. I distinctly remember realizing this when I first got engaged. It’s like a whole new world opened up to me. All my engaged and married friends poured out of the wood works to welcome me, offer sage advise and celebrate me, their newest member! I’m guessing it’s the same when you get pregnant as well, though life hasn’t taken me there yet…

I’m here to report that it’s most definitely the same for cancer. I’ve officially joined the club that nobody wants to be in. We’re like the homely/ugly sorority!

Fortunately, my new club is full of loving, supportive, strong, incredible and inspiring women. As much as the big c sux ass, I suspect that many of the women I’ve met over the past 7 months will remain lifelong friends and I look forward to celebrating all of our future wins together — like sisters, like warriors, like family. Because that’s what we are now, we are family, bonded not by blood, but by this disease. But does it really matter how we’re bonded, so long as we’re bonded?

Nope, it doesn’t. I’m sad and happy to have so many new sisters.

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7 thoughts on “Join the Club

  1. Again, anoter nice post Andrea! You’re on fire this week! This is one sorority I wish I didn’t have to belong to. But it is what it is. Thankfully people like you have laid their lives, emotions and feelings out on the Internet for people like me to garner strength and knowledge. I’ve now moved on to reading people with ostomy bags blogs. Another sub culture I never knew existed. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for the shout out to all of your new found friends! Xoxo Michele

    • Totally on fire, right? I just felt like writing this week! Hope you are feeling well. I think it’s smart to read ostomy bag blogs — I’m sure you never, in a million years, thought you would be! You’re adjusting to your new normal with such grace and strength. I’m proud of you and think of you all the time! xoxo

  2. YES! I Love my cancer ‘family’! I seriously have no idea what I would do without them. And they will never stop being there- it’s an incredible bond for sure 🙂
    Also love your comparison to the homely sorority- I laughed SO HARD!

  3. Hey Girl, this is a great “sorority”. Not every woman can belong. It is by natures cruel hand that we can belong. But, what beautiful women we correspond with. And, with YOU as our founder, we are fortunate to come together this way. I was never in a sorority, so I’m pleased to be in this with you and all your readers. Plus, you are an excellent writer!! You have a gift and you are using it in a great way. You may never realize how many people you are helping with your very open hard ass facts and your personal accounts of breast cancer. Bless the day when you and Lisa were assigned roommates at Bucknell. I am blessed to know you and your family! Love ya!

    • MK! I agree with you! So happy Lisa and I were roomies and I got to know the rest of your wonderful family. This will all be behind us soon enough! Miss ya and love ya too! xoxo

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