Stephanie, another breast cancer blogger, was invited to attend Lance Armstrong's Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland as a member of the press. She was impressive, no pun intended. She sent me two bracelets from the summit, one for me, one for Mary. Thank you.
Our pastor came this morning, and we talked about how one person's story touches another, and that story then touches another and on it goes spinning into eternity, and that really, all that is needed is for us to understand that our stories are God-given, and meant to be used for the good of us all. Last Sunday, Mr. B cried hard to hear that I had cancer again, and I tried to soothe him there in the center aisle. I turned to see Mrs. L, newly widowed, weeping in a pew. "You are so brave," she said. (I'm not, not really.) But I looked at her and pulled her close. "Oh, Mrs. L," I said. "I've watched your poise and grace during your own hard time. I have learned from you." And that is the truth of it, really. We learn, we share, we love each other. Jesus called us to be in community, and this is why. It was a nice visit with the pastor this morning. Another chance to connect.
I'm sitting here just a little bemused today. I'm headed off across the reservoir to meet Lesley, a breast cancer fighter, as I take care of some business. I hold this little package from England. I had an IM visit with Roxanne, another cancer fighter in Florida yesterday afternoon. I've been reassured by people in Australia, and in Canada, and goodness knows where. I've got good friends in Arizona I've never met. I think of all the blogs that I've read, and been blessed by, and am humbled to hear that others consider themselves blessed by mine. My family. My friends. My church. Cancer has connected me to life in a way that has not happened before. I've always been a pretty independent soul, but now, I realize that I am a stone dropped into a pool. My ripples reach out and meet with the ripple of other people, other stones, for we are all dropped into the same pool. I feel blessed to know this secret, and I hug it to me.
Tomorrow is my bone scan. I probably won't be posting.