Sometimes we find ourselves in places we never thought we would be, or in groups we never wanted to join.
The twists and turns of life, hardships, or relationships land people on unfamiliar, unwanted, unforeseen paths. We can't change that. We just find ways to cope. We learn new ways of working and going to school, new places of reference, new sources of strength and courage.
In the past several weeks I have found myself in a place I never thought I would be. I have joined the breast cancer community. I am finding that it is much larger than I thought, a community full of wonderful, caring, grace-filled, fierce people. I am appreciating the way in which they, and the entire cancer community, rally around the newcomers. This is a blessed source of encouragement as I begin navigating these waters.
I want to thank all of you, the beautiful St Stephen's family, for the care and compassion you have shown me these past weeks. The Care Team and the SPRC brought meals, and flowers, and so many of you have sent cards and emails of well-wishes. I am reminded of the words that begin one of the Affirmations of Faith: “We are not alone, we live in God's world.”
I have jumped the first hurdle, and am primed for the next. I know I don't do it alone.