If no man is an island, and it takes a village to raise a child, then what can a team of women do if they set their minds to it? Is it unreasonable to think that with the help of friends and blogfriends, I can beat this cancer? I don’t think it is.
I’ve gone public with my cancer, from the very moment of diagnosis, for several reasons. One reason is to help educate other women and young moms that cancer can strike at any time, at any age — and you don’t even have to have a lump! Another reason is because I’ve gotten accustomed to typing out my thoughts and feelings — and I’m very likely to have some on this topic. A few. But the third — the third is very selfish.
I need people to know that I have cancer. I need them not to look away at the sight of my ugly bald head. I need them not to pity me when they see the young woman with the hat slowly moving along behind the two-kid stroller. I need them to cheer me on, instead, and to smile when they see me, and to help me see the good side of life. I need their thoughts and prayers and healing light and good spirits. Because I am not likely to be able to sustain this fight and positive outlook on my own.
Already, the blogosphere is taking note. Already, my friends are rallying. Already, there is a theme. And there will be bling.
Many thanks to the new Team WhyMommy, forming over at Canape’s place, Don’t Take the Repeats. These fine women are banding together to form a protective wall around me. To say only positive things. And to say them more than once, or to comment over here, or to put this fine button on their blog.
Isn’t that a cool button? I like it. I like it a lot.
If you like it, you can have it for your sidebar too. I’d be mighty proud if you did, actually. It makes me smile. A lot. And plus, you’d be in really good company. Check out this list of women who are sporting it already on their sites.
You all are awesome. And everyone who is taking the time to read this now and leave me a positive comment is too.
Want to be added to the list? You don’t have to do anything special (although it would be awesome if you’d give me something to think about instead of this d*mn cancer and chemo), just go talk to Canape to get the code. And let her know, or me know, or both, that you’re there for me, just a little bit.
Because together, we can beat this cancer. It will not prevail over this woman, over this team of women.
It wouldn’t dare.
Thanks for your comments! As I’m just beginning my fight against breast cancer, I am particularly sensitive right now and need positive comments and wishes of strength only right now. No pity here!