It’s really hard to summarize what this group means to me in 1 paragraph.
On May 2, 2014, I was listening to the scariest words to ever pass my ears: “You definitely have cancer”. Terrified, I turned to my family for support- which I got. Somehow, though, I was left with the feeling that I needed to be “strong” for those around me. In retrospect, the fear in their voices was too much for me to handle. I could not ‘really’ let go: vent, cry, scream, etc.
When I went to a Look Good, Feel Better class offered by the American Cancer Society, I met a woman who told me about SBTS. Anxious to connect with others who ‘got it’, I came right home and requested to join. Within minutes, I was embraced by the kindest, most generous and supportive people who allowed me to just BE… I could process my journey at my own pace and express my fears honestly to people who “got it”. I didn’t need to protect them…They could protect me from walking this path alone. I will forever be grateful to each and every person who has touched my life through this group. The Survivors are my family- and always will be.
When I was feeling the most vulnerable, SBTS carried me through. All my needs were attended to by SBTS: emotional, spiritual, physical. By sharing my burdens and offering relief, this group allowed me to heal. I am proud to be a member for life and I feel so blessed to be in a position to help carry others as they join us during their most vulnerable time.