December 27, 2015: I ran a red light that was “caught” by a traffic camera; my first ticket ever! I was on my way to BCCR for my BC 101 class. I was very aware of the Coalition and the wonderful services they offered. I had already been contributing via United Way or other fundraising efforts. I quickly recommended BCCR to anyone that I encountered who received such a challenging journey; I never thought that I would be “in their shoes.” During the next year, I welcomed the support of “my PAL,” attended education sessions, Brown Bag Fridays, and enjoyed several of the Healing Arts; specifically Voices & Vision writing groups. After completing months of chemotherapy, then surgery and radiation I was given the “green light” and returned to my previous life. All was good…cancer was now behind me!
Fast forward (only) 10 months to the discovery of metastasis. At the same time, I ran into a friend who was a member of BCCR’s Common Ground Group (serving the metastatic community). She immediately brought me to “the group,” aka “Peeps” where I was amazed by the courage, laughter, tears, and love demonstrated by each Common Ground member. I was blown away by their welcoming support. Joining THE group that NO ONE wants to be a part of is one of my greatest blessings. YES! This cancer journey has been full of blessings and the Coalition is at the top of the list. Thru BCCR, our Common Ground Peeps group encourages, informs, challenges, and supports every member to LIVE life as fully as able; confident in the understanding and acceptance of all. This empowerment has inspired us to enjoy experiences together such as zip lining at Bay View YMCA or beach time at Marge’s on the lake, and the grace for loving send-off visits or moments of remembrance.
The care and services that I have received at the Breast Cancer Coalition have been a lifeline for me as I live my best life with metastatic breast cancer.