Have you ever had the experience when someone says something to you and you feel like they are inside your head – thinking your thoughts and feeling your feelings?
That happened to me when I reached out to a woman I really didn’t know but we shared the experience of breast cancer.
Her name was Kacy. I had met her only once at a business presentation and become friends on FB before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I still remember the day I found out… I reached out and told her I had walked in her shoes and let her know that I was there for her as someone who had “been there”. She had plenty of family and friends, a faith community and many business partners who provided her with endless support, prayers, and encouragement. She did not need that from me. What she needed was to have someone who understood and someone she didn’t have to protect. We met twice, we corresponded occasionally and I shared my book The Elephant in the Cancer Clinic: How to Talk About Breast Cancer to Get What You Need and Want with her.
Kacy died of metastatic breast cancer on February 22, 2017 and I truly feel the loss. I hope my reaching out inspired her as much as inspired me.
My Request of You: Please don’t wait, don’t think you are bothering someone or say to yourself I don’t really know them. With your understanding and your no strings attached compassion you could make the difference in the life of another woman with breast cancer. Don’t wait until it’s too late.