This was the first day of the workshop, and it was not just worthwhile but a thrill to be here with so many women who are passionate about being involved in the goal of learning about breast cancer in order to advocate in a multitude of ways. Many of the women here are already working on projects or at jobs that integrate with researchers or with support groups for breast cancer patients, and they are here to advance their already rich reserve of knowledge. Others, like me, are beginners, eager to learn and ready to begin playing a new role that we hope will make us part of the important solutions to be found to end this disease.
I don’t know how to describe the feeling of camaraderie that resonates with every presentation and group session. We are all united for a common goal, but, more than that, we are united with an emotional bond that reaches beyond the cursory introductions. To go from a world so out of step with the life of breast cancer to one that is so finely tuned is quite extraordinary, and we are sharing not just stories with one another but beautifully crafted pieces of our lives. I have never met so many soulful women in one place. It makes me feel that if it is willpower that can move this challenge to end breast cancer, we are exquisitely suited for the task.
It is humbling to be around so many gifted, witty, fun and bright women who share a purpose that, ironically, unites us for the sole purpose of annihilating the very bond that unites us.
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