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lifeorbust posted:
Hello everyone. I am a breast cancer survivor aged 52. I was recently laid off form ,y wonderful job and have decided to go back to school. I figured what the heck..if I can beat cancer I should be able to go back to school. LOL...Needless to say..I am in school to become a Medical Assistant..I want to work in Geriatric Oncology as I feel a need to "give back"..I need to research a "community resource" for a project at school and I came across the the F2F !!!! I think this is a VALUABLE resource for women like us and feel it would be a great topic to share with my class...I wanted to know how to get a hold of the bus and the F2F people in charge. I would like to interview some of you..and discuss the ways in which the F2F community has helped you. Can someone respond to me? I would really like my class to see where to go for help...Thank you
rachael67 responded:

It seems you are to be congratulated both for being a survivor and for devoting your life now to this area of healing!

As you have undoubtedly learned first-hand, support is the most helpful gift one can extend. Knowing you are not alone when everything seems to indicate otherwise, is the candle flicker that keeps you going!

In this community (and in the main BC community) we make every effort we can to supply that and more to our members. We escort them to their appointments, treatments and surgeries via the Pink Bus (aka "Pinkie"). We go to the Candle Site and light candles for each other. We often make use of the "Warrior Stone" which is embued with the collective courage and strength of all members...This stone we hold close when times are especially troubling. All this is adjunct therapy to the advice, experience, prayers, soft-shoulders, etc. we supply in our posts.

Combine all that with private emails, phone calls, face-to-face meets, and yoiu have one very active and giving group. (Please note that, tho' the majority of the community is ladies, it is not uncommon for us to have gentlemen as well,. Often they are the "good guys" supporting their loved ones. Other times, tho' uncommon, we have men facing this same beast of breast cancer.)

If you'd like a bit more information on some of these "support devices," please go to the main Breast Care Community, and look at the right side of the page where the "Tips" are listed...There you will find more detailed descriptions of each.

Incidentally, I am the primary "driver" of the Pink Bus. I've been active in the community since my diagnosis in 2003.

Hope this helps.

Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
lifeorbust replied to rachael67's response:
Thank you for getting back to me. Can we meet? Or at the very least talk? Can the bus come to my school? Can I get brochures? I really would like to speak about the "help" given to those who need it most..and are not forgotten !!! I have only 7 more days to get this report in..My number is 253-820-7590 and my home number is 360-666-0700. If you cant afford to call me..please give me your number. Thank you Rachael.
rachael67 replied to lifeorbust's response:
Alison, considering the time constraint and both our schedules, how about if you email me (billem55 at hotmail dot com), give a list of questions and I will do my best to answer them. I will check the email a couple of times a day so that we can have the time to fill in all the gaps and hopefully give you what you need for your report. I will do all I can to help, but I do think this would be the most efficient and easy manner of doing so. Okay?

Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
lifeorbust replied to rachael67's response:
did you get my email? I sent it yesterday? I will double check for a reply
rachael67 replied to lifeorbust's response:
I emailed you yesterday evening. Let me know if it arrived!

Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
jaydbraz replied to rachael67's response:
Hello there, busted life-not, I am the assistant driver and have many stories to share, I lost my dear wife in April 2006 and have traveled over 200,000 miles meeting many friends to friend members, some have passed away and our meetings were mostly at Cracker Barrels around the country, from Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, have not met Rachael, but believe me, everyone loves Rachael. My email, jaydbras at
Much success to you in the future.

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