Do the holidays have you feeling blue, alone, isolated, lonely? It’s always a weird time of year for me now, not the joyous time of year it once was. And every year following my diagnosis has a different reaction. The first year, I remember feeling thankful that I made it to the “almost” end of my treatment. The second year, I was figuring out what a new life looked like after a cancer diagnosis. The years after that, I approached the holidays holding my breath and thinking, “I made it. But could this be my last.”
This is not meant to be a sad post, but a real one. The holidays are meant for family, for friends, for giving, and for taking, and maybe that is where it changes for me. Fighting with breast cancer for nearly 9 years now, each year is different and presents new challenges, even new changes. And although I feel lucky that I get to hang with my nieces and nephews, my family, and my friends, I can’t always shake the feeling of isolation. My family and friends don’t always “get me,” or my feelings, but my breast cancer friends do. Am I alone?
I love my family, dearly. I love my friends, forever. But even though that love is there, sometimes I feel isolated that my fears, doubts and struggles are not “understood” and therefore, often easier to leave them to myself. That is, until I get to go to dinner, have a coffee, or even a glass of wine with other women like me, other women who faced breast cancer as well, because we DO get each other.
And this is so much of what and why AnaOno means so much to me, because the goals I set forth when even dreaming of launching the line was that I could be a support, in some form, to other women just like me. So that no one diagnosed with breast cancer, or learning about their genetic mutation, or risk, would feel alone and isolated. It’s why we say you are Never Alone, because we know it to be true.
At this time of year, when we may feel alone or odd for celebrating and feeling joy, or for some of us who unfortunately may not have any support system, we will be your support. Even though we may not all touch and feel one another, be able to pass a holiday hug, or celebrate with one another directly, we will always be here for each other, understanding each other, and supporting each other, so whatever we face, however we face it, we don’t do it alone. It’s why for the month of December, we are focusing on you, and giving you the support, love, and understanding you need.
Let me know how you get through the holidays! Share with us what you feel!
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