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  • Writer's pictureSurviving Breast Cancer

Night Train, Volume 2., The Epiphany

By Laura and William

The emotions and the fear stabbed deeply

Through the numbness of shock and disbelief.

The pain curled me up into a ball

My knees tucked into my chest,

My hoodie pulled down over my head

I sobbed, realizing that this was to be me.

My search terms on YouTube spiraled from “what is breast cancer”

to “milking the drains”; “the iron bra”; “expanders and reconstruction”.

Terms that were not part of my vocabulary,

Once again, the power of knowing - it changes everything!

I couldn’t pull myself away from the stories of these young women.

I wanted to watch more, learn more, hear more,

Follow their experiences, find a connection.

On my four and a half hour train ride to New York,

I watched every video I could,

Somberly noticing there weren’t many.

The same YouTubers would appear in my search list

I had exhausted new terms and keywords.

I remember the epiphany.

A singular moment, sitting on my couch in Boston,

My bestie beside me, as I clicked “post” onto Facebook.

I was going to tell the world I had breast cancer.

That I was diagnosed at 34.

That I was vegan with no family history, nor genetic pre-disposition. That I was diagnosed with breast cancer

I was looking to take the community along for the ride.

Creating amateur YouTube videos allowed me to

Speak to my experience, and helped me to process.

I was able to share my experiences in real time;

The day I lost my hair.

My first infusion

Having my port get infected

Needing intravenous chemotherapy

Explaining a full auxiliary node dissection

Surgery hacks I wish I had known about

Crawling your fingers up the wall

Describing cording and lymphedema

Getting my first radiation tattoos

Skin irritations and radiation burns

Putting myself out there, exposed to all.


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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