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  • Writer's pictureSurviving Breast Cancer

Uninvited Guest

By Lillibit Ray

A routine appointment on a regular day.

The sun blaring hot outside,

Asphalt fuming, plants gone limp and gray.

I remember thinking hell’s flaring up again.

Why today?

Inside the exam room 

doctor enters the room after a wait, 

and I’m told solemnly

they’ve found a nodule in my breast.

Not knowing what that is

I say, “okay.”

How bad could it be?

“Cancer,” the doctor says,

“is how bad it can be.”

I imagine black cells, green cells

collecting in a mosh pit of packed growth

trampling and crushing the innocent cells 

keeping me alive.

How do I engage this unwelcome visitor?

What need I do to survive?

Persistent, malignant masses

hardened by hubris,

sized as peas or walnuts

offering little comfort

when talking of tumors.

Just cut it out.

Remove the killer waste

multiplying at death’s speed,

accelerating in unnecessary haste.

Rip out a lymph network

supplying safe passage

to unwanted posers.

Threatening one’s safety.

Feeling so healthy,

I feel conflicted by the news.

Bad juju indeed

devastates my mellow moxie.

Immortality suddenly a pipe dream.

I can’t be dying inside.

Ask the doctor, “are you sure this is right?”

and she answers, “the tests don’t lie.”


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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


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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