Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lean On Me

I decided to take a walk this morning . The temps here in NJ have been in the 90's for the past few days so the earlier in the day the cooler the temperatures. I decided to walk downtown toward the Peddie School and then over the lake by way of the old green metal bridge. I love looking at the houses from the 1800's and the birds and squirrels by the lake. Believe me, I don't break any land speed records since my left foot ( darn numb toes) doesn't always cooperate. While walking I listen to music on my i-Pod.

Today the song "Lean On Me" came on. For those who don't know the song here are some of the words.

Lean On Me Lyrics

Songwriter: Bill Withers

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tommorow

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on ...

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand (Chorus)
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on...

If there is a load you need to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me...

Call me (if you need a friend)
Call me (Call me)

Lean On Me Lyrics © Interior Music Corp

After hearing that song all I could think about were the ladies in my support group. We sure do lean on each other . Our little group facilitated by J. has been meeting since May of 2007. We have lost members to ovarian and endometrial cancer , members have gone into remission, members have had recurrences, members have been on standard treatment, members have been on clinical trials, and members have been on chemo after chemo with no "holiday".

Yet we continue to gather once a month. Why ? Because we need to be with others who know EXACTLY how we feel. Others who know the anxiety we feel when we are due for a test or when our CA-125 starts to rise. Others who have advice when our toes or fingers are numb. Others who can describe what it is like to have brachytherapy. Others who can recommend a doctor who practices acupuncture.

We listen to each other. We ask each other questions. We cry when the news is bad. But we also celebrate and laugh. Yesterday we cheered one woman who had finished treatment, tossed aside her wig and took a trip to the Jersey shore. We celebrated my future grandson. We celebrated planning trips to Europe. Heck we even celebrate being able to wash a car.

I can't tell you how much it means to have these women in my life. I know that over the past 4 years I have certainly leaned on them. Thanks ladies!

If there are other woman who think they need to Lean on another survivor check out this page for a list of Ovarian Cancer support groups in NJ and the Delaware Valley.

Every Day is a Blessing! I am blessed by the women in my support group.

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