I had two chemotherapy sessions left and I finally made myself go to my first support group. I'd told myself so many times prior and had every intention on going but I was awesome at giving myself 'outs'. I need to be home for the kids. I don't feel good. I need to do that thing...you know...uuuuh sit here...and uuuuh...simply not go. I loved the idea. I had even met one of the ladies who founded it at our local wig shop (Wigs R U, they are awesome!) I knew it was something I should be doing but I was nervous and anxious. So I reached out to a friend of mine who had been diagnosed a few months prior to me and asked her to go with me. So we went. Just like that, my world of cancer changed drastically!
Cancer Cares Sacramento was my wake up call. I was suddenly in a room full of women who 'got it'. Our friends and family try so hard to be what we need, but there are times that you just need that connection to those who share a similar journey. There's something strangely comforting in talking to and sharing things with those who have been there in the trenches, fighting the fight!
As I sat there bonding with these ladies, I realized how lucky we were to have a group like this to bring us together. I have since become real true friends with these ladies. And I try very hard to go to our monthly meetings. It grounds me, it comforts me. I slow down and take it all in and I am continually humbled by these women. It saddens me that there are always new members, because you never want someone else diagnosed, but it warms my heart to see these new members find our group and be comforted just as I was when I first came.
I will always hold a special place in my heart and journey for Cancer Cares Sacramento. And I will always look forward to every 3rd Monday of the month! Thank you Denyse and Jennifer!