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Via Con Dios

By Ginger Guzman

How I anxiously longed for your arrival when I was young

Waiting impatiently for you to finally make your appearance

But frightened and shy of you all the same, afraid of how it would be

When you finally did make your debut

I was so very proud of you

You brought me to the portal of adulthood where

I first caught a glimpse of the future me

Your entrance made me feel that I was on my way

To finally becoming a woman

The furtive timid looks from boys

The first shy explorations of what it meant to have you as a new elemental part of me

As we both grew, you introduced me to sweet sensations and sensual play

That heralded so many changes and exciting promises of corporal joys

You would never grow so very big, but you became an essential feature

Of who I was; from your advent there was no me without you

I am ashamed now that I took you for granted for so many years

Annoyed with you the times you caused me discomfort and pain

Forgive my stupidity, I took you for granted and now I shed an ocean of tears

For I never realized the day would come that we two could no longer together remain

There must be more to you than just skin, tissue, veins, blood

What happens to you after they cut you off?

Where do you go?

Do they just throw you out?

Do you just disintegrate and fall apart in some trough?

How do I know, really truly know, that I have no choice, how do I live with the doubt?

But in my heart of hearts, in the secret place where I seldom go

There lives a voice that tells me what I need to know

And she tells me now that I must learn how to say goodbye

The experts are right; I must acquiesce and comply

In the best way I can and with all the love I am able to show

But how I wish there was someone, some book or class, to teach me to let go, to teach me how

You were the first definitive sign of my womanhood,

In you lives my youth, my girlhood dreams, those sweet fumblings & breathtaking discoveries,

All those years, all those dreams that I can longer dream, all I must keep locked in my heart

I must let go of the bad and only retain the good

Without you, I must find my way to a new start

Your door must close, another opens now…

Once again, you bring me to the very precipice of a new world where I am poised to jump

I fear it won’t be as full of wonder and discovery

As the one you first showed me

But perhaps it may be filled with the wisdom I so desperately need

And possibly lovely surprises may well await me where I go

I pray that I have the courage to say goodbye and set you free

Time is a commodity too precious to put in peril or squander, I mustn’t tarry any longer;

I beg of you one more gift: please take this disease with you and leave me unbowed

Take all the cells that won’t stop multiplying, take their malevolent intent with you on your way

And leave me more courageous, smarter, braver, kinder, stronger

Make all my fear, meanness, self-pity, despair, doubts depart, and I vow not to pass a day

That I do not remember and do my best to make us both proud


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


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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