Recently, I received in the mail a handwritten card from Breast Cancer Angels, to whom I was introduced by Chao’s counseling staff. Besides reaching out to patients in many ways, one thing they do every month is to send a handwritten card to each of us. Every time I receive their card, it’s an instant poof of joy.
It reminds me how much I enjoy sending and receiving snail mail. No matter how much e-mail I have, it’s still a thrill to receive a card or letter from a friend. In fact, I have never given up writing letters because it’s just something I love to do, something I’ve enjoyed since I was about ten years old and wrote weekly to my pen pals in Japan and Italy.
When I received the last card from Breast Cancer Angels, it reminded me that there may be some people within the breast cancer community who would enjoy being a pen pal or benefit from someone sending them support. Despite my research I don’t see any online services specifically dealing with this and suspect the large organizations are more intent on providing online support groups, which are fantastic in helping us all to connect easily when we need the support.
Still I wonder whether there are members of the breast cancer community who would enjoy or benefit from a pen pal relationship and wonder if there is a way to get those people in touch with each other. Maybe one of us 🙂 could collect the info and then help to connect people who would like to participate. Ideas are welcome 🙂
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