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By Sara Kandler

I shift the leather rolling bag

to my other arm before hoisting it up the stairs

to the teacher’s room

My fifty-something colleague passes

lowers her chin

while raising her darkened eyebrows

above her glasses

serious green eyes knowing

Somehow they all know why I missed last week

And some know why I’m back so soon

To never miss a beat

and not submit to doom

the self-blame

the shame

the I knew I shouldn’t have been so stressed

or the now I’m becoming so insane

To say I beat it with a smile

and a goody bag of rouge sticks

feels like a giant hokey pink thumbs up

No — my wing is clipped and

I’m not singing

The whirring wheels of my rolling bag

announce my arrival and

I roll with the punches

down every hallway

Wishing for my very own punching bag

Not recognizing myself

Who used to feel like one of the kids

Now seeing me in their eyes

Another fifty-something

Shifting the weight to her stronger side

And taking a breath

Before taking the stairs.

Good to see you, she says.

Thanks. It’s good to be back.

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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


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month


Mindfulness for Wellbeing

February 23 1:30 p.m. ET



February 16, 10:00 a.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

The secret Garden

Monday 19,  6:00 p.m. ET


Qi Gong

February 27,  11:30 a.m. ET


Art Therapy

March 4 6:00 p.m. ET


Forest Bathing

March 5,  6:00 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

March 11,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

March,  12,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

March 12 11:30 a.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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