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The Mask

By Dawn Oswald


Why do we wear them?

Is it to hide?

To mask our pain?

Is it for a party?

To enjoy life?

Mask, why do you wear them?

I put on a mask for my brave face

For my family

Masks can be sad or happy

They can be beautiful or ugly

Masks can be worn throughout the day

What would your mask look like?

The mask can be changed at any time

Just as people change their hats

A mask for this

A mask for that

Wear it for whatever reason

To be brave

To just be sad for a moment

To be glad

To be powerful

To help others

Do you mask your pain so others don’t worry?

Do you say I am good or say I am okay?

Is it harder to lie or tell the truth?

Is it a lie if you don’t want them to worry?

Do you mask your quality of life?

Do you do one day at a time like me?

That’s what I tell people to do: “One day at a time.”

Do you mask your sadness or depression?

Do you ask for help?

I wear multiple masks

A mask to help you, to help me, to help everyone

A mask of laughter, love, of concern, patience and of hope

Masks can be of many colors

The color of a rainbow

It can be black or white

A mask of different faces: sad, happy, grieving, or even scared

It can be whatever you want it to be

It is your mask

You chose what mask you want to wear

What mask do you have on today

Wear it proud

I am going to wear my mask of bravery, love, hope and caring for us all


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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



April 12, 10:00 a.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

April 16,  6:00 p.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

The secret Garden

April 22,  6:00 p.m. ET


Qi Gong

April 23,  11:30 a.m. ET


Art Therapy

May 6, 6:00 p.m. ET


Forest Bathing

May 7,  6:00 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

May 13,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

May 14, 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