Thursday, April 27, 2006

today's meeting

I arrived home about an hour ago from the support group meeting at Gilda's Club. Lindsey, one of the persons, whom I met the last time was there. A few weeks ago she completed her final chemotherapy cycle for leukemia at Sloan-Kettering and in light of everything, she seems to be doing well. Her personality is dynamic. I love it. She has a wonderful witty and sarcastic sense of humor. I met two new individuals there as well. Andrea has been battling sarcoma (I'm not sure of the type) and leukemia for 9 years and the other woman, whose name I forgot, finished treatment for Ewing's sarcoma recently. This evening's meeting went very well. Andrea comes from a very difficult situation at home and amazingly, today was her first time in all those 9 years that she participated in support group meeting. She opened up and spoke a lot about her feelings about her family and friends, who have been so cold and unsympathetic to her illness. It was horrifying to listen to the many instances in which her family expressed not the least bit of interest in her situation. So, it's quite understandable why she talked a lot. For many years, her feelings had been suppressed by her environment. She apologized afterwards for monopolizing the time, but I told her that wasn't necessary at all. This is a place for venting, I said to her. This is where you should feel free to talk and share your thoughts and concerns with individuals, who know the difficulties of a cancer diagnosis all too well. If there's any group of people who can relate, it's us. Indeed, if I had endured what she has done for so long, it's probable that I would have done the same thing.

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