How can I begin to summarize over 10,000 hours in 10 years of running the Breastcancer.org Discussion Boards and online chat rooms? To reflect on the thousands of stories, the purest displays of emotions, the millions of posts of tears, fears, anger, despair, laughter, support, friendship and encouragement?
Breastcancer.org’s discussion boards were conceived as a haven and community for women battling breast cancer. I’ve been fortunate to be there since its birth, 10 years ago this year. I never in my wildest dreams however anticipated the ride I was jumping on in joining this endeavor.
I am awed at how my witness of these unique, amazing people has transformed my life over the years. I’ve watched lives evolve, life-changing decisions be made, and lives ended. I’ve seen priorities switch, love develop, and life-altering relationships formed. I’ve experienced the most profound demonstrations of support and encouragement, as well as the most tormenting displays of emotions and loss. I’ve ridden countless waves, and I’ve been privy to thousands of journeys.
I fear I have no words that accurately convey the power of this community. In my Breastcancer.org blog posts, I hope to bring to light some of the amazing stories I’ve witnessed in the last 10 years. I will write of the stories that have changed me, in the hopes that they may also touch you.