I love this quote, which Holistic Health Talk for Women radio host Irina Wardas used to open her show last Thursday. As her guest, I was there to talk about our need as cancer survivors for a sense of community with other survivors. Our talk was lively and informational and I was so glad to share my cancer experience with her listeners.
During our talk, Irina asked me a lot of great questions. When she asked me for “one tip” to share with others dealing with cancer, I emphasized the importance of support. In my experience, although my family and friends did their best to be supportive, I also needed the support of others who knew first hand what I was going through. Surprisingly, that didn’t only include other survivors, but also oncology professionals who guided me through the minefield of emotions created by cancer.
A large part of our conversation centered on my Gifts and Losses and the Community Gifts and Losses lists on this site. I detailed how I came to write my list and what others can do to write their own. It’s a very intense emotional process bringing balance back into our lives after cancer. I love what one of my twitter friends, @PinkKitchen, said about the Gifts and Losses List: “@DebbieWWGN I love this idea of a ‘Gifts’ & ‘Losses’ list for #breastcancer. Gives us permission to feel.” Thank you so much, Lisa, I couldn’t have said it better myself.
If you want to hear my interview, you can go to Irina’s website and download our conversation. (You’ll also find it on this page, under the email subscription box.) While you’re at Irina’s site, take a look at two other compelling interviews she did this month with Lisa Grey of PinkKitchen and Brenda Jones of Hug Wraps.
As I discussed with Irina, our need for community was the driving force behind my creation of WhereWeGoNow.com. What do you do to create community for yourself? How has that community impacted upon your cancer journey?
Survival > Existence,