May 12, 2001 - 11:45 am
Just a little overwhelmed with receiving calls about support for 3 young women between the ages of 37 and 44 within two days. I want to support these women, but am looking for someone to discuss my fears as they come up. I've been a Reach to Recovery Volunteer for 2 years and have met with 3 women battling cancer. Thursday I received a call for RTR regarding one(Age 42), Friday I run into an old high school best buddy and she tells me about herself (Age 37), then I get a call from a family friend that her sister-in-law (Age 38) was just diagnosed. All will have a masectomy within the next week. I finally just broke down and cried last night...part scared, part sad and part angry...This is hitting so close to home...they all sound just like I did...Asking me if "Is this normal..I'm not crying?", "My family is taking this much harder". The list goes on as many of us are aware. I want to be able to be a good support person for all three and realize the importance of talking about my own emotions. Any words of advice?