Which means, I’m still not going to tell you which Olympic medallist I shared the podium with on Thursday. That will have to wait until next week!
Three days into the month and I have not done anything to support the cause or to draw awareness to the importance of doing whatever we can to ensure breast cancer does not harm another woman, child, family in the world.
In honour of my beautiful friends UZ and LS, both of whom are survivors and all the other women who have fought, who continue to fight, who have won and who have lost the battle, I am sharing a post by Lisa Bonchek Adams. I have followed Lisa’s journey for some time and I am always in awe and humbled by her spirit and her capacity to write with such self-awareness and compassion as she continues to fight for her life every single day. In an update Lisa posted on September 26th, she wrote, “I have become an expert in uncertainty. I don’t know how I will feel from one day to the next. I don’t know if the chemotherapy that worked a few weeks ago will still work today. I don’t know how my body will tolerate what I’m doing. I don’t know how long this all will last.”
Her courage is humbling.
Her honesty is heart-breaking and her willingness to be present as she takes each step of her journey reminds me always to find the value in all things, and to turn up in my life every single day with a loving, grateful heart.
Her post from today is titled, Last One On The Line.
Please take a few minutes to read it and if you can, make a donation to support Breast Cancer Research whereever you are in the world. Thank you.
Last One On The Line
by Lisa Bonchek Adams
It seems like you can’t rank anguish. You shouldn’t be able to “out-suffer” someone. How do you quantify misery?
And yet, somehow we do.
“My problems are nowhere near as bad as yours are.”
“I feel terrible complaining to you about it when you are going through so much yourself.”
I hear these types of comments all the time.
I make these types of comments all the time.
Placing ourselves in a hierarchy of pain and suffering serves to ground us; no matter how bad our situation is, there’s comfort in knowing there is always someone who has it worse….(read the rest of this post)