BOSOM BUDDIES – My SHORT Story
My favorite things have always come in twos. Diamond earrings, a pair of Ace’s, my tennis sneakers, my lucky number 33.
Recently, I added my breasts to my MVP (Most Valuable Pair) List. It was kind of strange, actually. To be perfectly honest, I’d never really thought too much about them. They were never particularly spectacular. As a matter of fact, growing up, my best friend and I would laugh because one was smaller than the other.
That being said, last December I realized that there was one thing I really did like about them — the fact that they were a pair and they were mine.
“The girls” had been part of my anatomy since birth, and my recent diagnosis of breast cancer threatened that partnership. A frightening and unpleasant thought, for sure.
Through the next seemingly endless days, weeks and months of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, I discovered that I wasn’t alone in my battle. I was lucky to always have family and friends beside me to hold my hand, make me laugh, and remind me that I was strong enough to emerge triumphant at the end of all the craziness. I learned so much throughout the course of my treatment, but there’s definitely one thing that will stay with me forever. I had some of the best specialists in the world taking care of me and I’ll be forever grateful for their efforts, but it was my loved ones, my “buddies”, that saw me through it all.
So here’s the rub. The secret. The jewel. The doctors bring the medicine, but LOVE brings the magic. Magic for me came in the form of early morning cups of coffee left outside my door from a dear friend, weekly fresh flowers from a favorite neighbor, a decorated door when I came home from the hospital and much needed nights of laughter on my couch with my “peeps” when I was too sick and tired to go out. It was these moments that buoyed my spirit, calmed my nerves, and reminded me, that despite my circumstances, I really was fortunate, needed and LOVED.
Fast forward a couple of months, and “the girls” and I have just gotten the “ALL CLEAR” from my first post-treatment scan. The gratitude and relief I feel is almost overwhelming. I’m ready now. I’m feeling a bit better and I’m at a point where I want to give back. Do whatever I can to promote awareness, encourage early detection, help find a cure and to let people know that “breast” friends are the best friends because they can make all the difference in the outcome.
So I implore you. If you have a friend with breast cancer, give her a hug, a shoulder to cry on and most importantly, a reason to smile. Be there. Tell her she’s beautiful. Buy her a cup of tea, take her to a movie or give her a Bosom Buddies shirt to support the cause and let her know she’s not alone. Wear one yourself. I promise you, you’ll be glad you did.
As women, each of us has been affected either directly or indirectly by breast cancer. “Bosom Buddies” is my small way of helping you remind your friends and the women you love that you stand with them in their fight against this dreaded disease. And it’s my way of giving back. A portion of the all the proceeds from all “Bosom Buddies” products will go to the American Cancer Society to help them find a cure.
With love from,
Darcy and “the Girls”