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  • Writer's pictureSurviving Breast Cancer

They Look at You

By Marissa Haislip

They look at you, in the eye, holding your gaze, 

Trying to show comfort and understanding, 

While saying the dreaded words, “I’m sorry, it is cancer.” 

But those words don’t bring any comfort. 

Instead, they plunge you into darkness. 

Others look at you with a slight smile on their lips 

Attempting to mask the pity behind their eyes, 

Trying to be a friend the best way they know how. 

“I’m sorry,” they say. “But you got this. You are a warrior.” 

But these words feel hollow. Am I? 

Some don’t even look at you; 

They stay away, not knowing what to say. 

Not realizing that not reaching out hurts too. 

The words that are absent are just as memorable 

As the wrong words from some. 

But those battling the same fight, stand beside you. 

They know exactly what to say. 

No hollow words from them-- 

Only words filled with meaning and understanding. 

They look at you and see you.

Dedicated to my IG “Breasties” who have made this journey a bit more bearable.


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


Más eventos en español


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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