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Solitude No More

By Lourdes D. Heras

These six-letter dreadful words I hear

In solitude’s embrace, in the shadow of darkness, I battle unseen, unheard.

Cancer you said?

This cruel touch, a relentless and silent one, has come into my temple.

Starting today after hearing the word, my nights and days are devoid of light, my heart, my heart, my mind.

I wage a war, obscured from sight.

No hand to hold, no comforting embrace, no I love you, No WE will beat this fight or be OK.

All I hear... is just whispered prayers in this empty space. 

In the depths of isolation, many fears in silence cross my mind. 

I dare not say, I dare not think of what it would be if …

I pick myself up and fight.

I love ME, I love YOU body.

In solitude, I become a soldier in the darkest of nights, keeping watch. 

You will be okay, I promise that!

Albeit, the endless nights, I walk this path alone.

My voice still echoes, a quiet drone. 

You will be okay, I promise that!

For in my struggle, I raise a plea, a cry for awareness, for all to see.

Again, can you see, can you please comfort me?

In this solitude, I scream and cry inside my mind. 

All I need is a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on. 

Nothing more, nothing less.

Someone to tell me: You will be okay!

In the absence of you, my voice echoes, a quiet drone.

You will be okay, I promise that!

Cancer knows no boundaries, one in eight; it strikes without warning, fulfilling its cruel greed. 

So let us stand united, hand in hand, to fight this foe, to make a stand. No one deserves to be in solitude.

Finally, I am not alone. SBC brings forth the light.

That gentle touch, that love you yearn for, an ear that listens and gives bear hugs.

For in solidarity, we find our strength and together, we will go to any length. 

You will be okay, I promise that!

As for you

Yes, YOU

If these cruel six-letter words strike your beloved, be the love, the warm and light in the darkness.

Whisper these words: You will be okay, WE will be okay – I got your back!


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


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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