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  • Writer's pictureSurviving Breast Cancer


Updated: Mar 13, 2023

By Sara Kandler

Valet parking, thank God

steady now

glass doors, sign-in line, Covid check

we’re good

we’re fine

find a wheelchair

hands grip tight

tell graveyard jokes

in fight or flight

me in my bold print dress

flying along

you in your sporty sweats

one arm out strong

a lifeline from the second floor


the carousel’s golden ring

Get admitted like it’s Harvard

no ruby tee or ivied yard

but endless beige and sallow walls

bland maze of musty stalls

floor sweepers, bed changers, pulse takers

injectors, inspectors

in green or blue color-coded costumes

never once explained to you

then the leads dash through drab curtains

bleached white pockets

cursive names

say hey there, Sam or Jane

no shame

sling shot slung around the neck

hearing hearts, scanning charts

giving orders, signing off

Ninety, sure, but I don’t see why

he would say no to giving chemo a try

there’s no guarantee (I’m not gonna lie)

he could surprise us all

teach class again this fall

sunlight jars

fumes from the car

fold you in

after journeying far

to a clinical galaxy

me, your novice proxy

and settle you home

too often alone

long mahogany table

newspapers strewn

glasses, meds, radio

a tall mug of decaf tea —

It was worth it, Dad, see?

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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


Más eventos en español


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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