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By Sara Kandler

Powder pink ribbons

clipped to my daughter’s hair?

No, a pale loop would be lost

among her free-flung chocolate curls

her spirit that of brazen girls

announcing themselves

in loud colors

and sassy words

I dressed her in stretchy pants

that ripped when roughed along the rocks

or tore when tugged into splits on smooth wood floors

she was free to explore

And she was tough

fell asleep one night

sitting upright

in our bed

arrow-straight like a Degas dancer

bronze head tilted in defiance

of the nonsensical concept of bedtime

Ok, I’ll admit

she did have a pink phase

at about age

two rejecting her older brother’s


had me running to the thrift shop

so she could twirl in a rose tutu

and bubble gum turtleneck

her own sensory jubilee

Nowadays we walk together

stand tall

yell out our call

about time for a cure

not in cotton candy pink

but orange and purple swirl

We march for Courage

her coppery arms

beseeching the sun

as she balances on tip-toe

atop an Algarve ledge

a scalpel’s edge

high above crashing waves

And yanks off

the pink rubber bracelet

like the hindering hospital ID band

that was clipped to her wrist

just days before

casting it far

far as she can

past the menacing rocks

out to the open sea.

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Meditation Mondays:

Chakra Chanting with Gloria

Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ET 


Thursday Night Thrivers:

All Stages Support Group

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Thursday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Grupo de Apoyo en Español

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Encourage and Empower

For Newly Diagnosed

September 10, 11:00 a.m. ET


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

May 20 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


In Body Breathwork

May 21 ,  6:00 p.m. ET


Brain Spotting

May 27,  6:00 p.m. ET


Qi Gong

May 28,  11:30 a.m. ET


Art Therapy

June 3, 6:00 p.m. ET


Forest Bathing

Jun 4,  6:00 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

June 10,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

June 11, 11:30 a.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

June 11,  6:00 p.m. ET


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Upcoming Events


Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


Después de un Diagnóstico

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