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  • Writer's pictureSurviving Breast Cancer

I learnt to live, I learnt to stay

By Jayita Chatterjee

I learnt to live, I learnt to stay

A voice inside me told me to pray

To give thanks and stay the way, 

And not to think of what’s beyond today. 

When I was weak… each day was hard 

I could tell no days apart. 

My body was battered... it wept, it cried

It wanted to break away and die. 

But my spirit held strong and wouldn't let me give up. 

The ravaged spirit wouldn’t give up.

I despised how I wasn’t strong

I felt I didn’t belong

I needed help with little things

I had to learn it wasn’t wrong. 

It wasn’t wrong, and I wasn’t weak

It was a sign of respecting my new limits 

And loving myself enough to accept the treat.

The treat that is the love of others…

Who wanted to help and truly felt my needs.

The body bore the trauma, but the spirit grew stronger. 

I hope to live... to live much longer. 

Those dark days when my mind would spiral 

On lonely nights and rage a storm

Deep breaths and visions of happier days 

Would lift me up and bring me home. 

And so I gave thanks, and so I prayed. 

And I lived and I stayed.


Share your poetry: Resources & Support:



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


The Caregiver Huddle

Third Tuesday

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



July 19,  10:00 a.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

July 15 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

July 22,  6:00 p.m. ET


Art Therapy

August 5, 6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

August 13, 11:30 a.m. ET


Forest Bathing

August 13,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

August 20,  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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