This is turning into the week of the Sisterhood! The very Sisterhood prompted by breast cancer, enabled by the internet but brought to life by the true connections that we have. On Saturday I met Kirsty in real life, which was a rare and precious experience.
I am not sure when I first connected with Catherine, but I know that we found ourselves in the same batch of bewlidered breast cancer interns appointed around the same time frame. Through our blogs, the Twitter #bcsm discussions and other online connections we soon realised that we shared a great deal more than the breast cancer catalyst which had introduced us. No sirreeee – we have way more than that in common! Catherine and I are both lovers of the written word, and more than that, aspiring writers. We have both lived in countries very different to the one of our origins and embraced those new cultures with an open heart and eager eyes. We each married a man from a different culture, with another mother tongue with the rich and beautiful family relationships which that brings. We each appreciate and love photography and capturing those special everyday images as well as the extraordinary.
Indeed, there is a great deal more to our connection than that initial catalyst.
Catherine and I are indeed peers in the breast cancer world, our diagnoses and treatment paths were in a similar time frame. Surrounded by a warm and caring community, we were siblings in this mire of post cancer diagnosis that we wade through. So recently, when the slow reveal of tests and diagnostics showed that Catherine’s cancer has metastised, we sisters gathered round in a bid to show our solidarity and support in any way in which we could.
And what did Catherine do? Of course she swore a bit. A healthy curseload of expletives and anger directed straight at cancer. And then she set herself a goal. A target for the coming months. She re-evaluated the variety of plans and dreams that she has, and set herself a revised, clear target.
And that is what her Guest Post is about. Catherine has been working on a very special project. Of course the cancery stuff is there, meds are being trialled and the Big Thing that is a Stage 4 diagnosis is very much in the day to day. But Catherine is not letting that take over. She has turned her focus to a very clear and specific writing goal.
And that is the topic of an inspiring Guest Post about “Claire and Clare” which will be on Feisty Blue Gecko in the coming hours.
We promise you more, very, very soon………