39 years ago my partner in crime, life, and all things breast cancer was born. It took us years to truly find each other, even though our lives have been intertwined through it all. Our dads grew up together…..and it’s always funny to me that I’m sure at some point her dad arrested mine….very likely happened…..and that is a story for some other blog. We ended up in grade school together, somehow ended up working together at the same place for years. For a long time that was it….just being in the same places at the same time, but never really interacting. We knew each other, we were friendly…..but that was about it. Until one day in 2012.
I remember it well….I had a newborn and was at my daughter’s preschool Christmas party. I got a phone call from a number I wasn’t familiar with. Something told me to answer it anyway. It was Jamie…..and she was calling to tell me she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. And it shook me. People were coming to me throughout the years about concerns they had, family members or friends who were possibly facing it, but this one really got to me. And people knew that I was very open about hearing from anyone who had questions or concerns. And she knew to call me…..and it started something that just cannot be stopped. We grew closer as she fought, had ups and downs, and now is at my side in a battle to rid the world of this evil disease.
The way we are now makes me wonder how on earth we didn’t truly find each other earlier We are both dorks….the weirdest people you’ll meet. We are silly, crazy, and laugh at everything. We both faced a horrible disease and used our experience to reach other people. At that time in December 2012 she needed me…..but I didn’t realize I needed her too. She’s challenged me to be the person I am now. She has taken me WAY out of my comfort zone and I’m truly grateful for her influence in my life.
But it’s more than that…..we are true friends and sisters. I don’t know how many times we talk in a day, but sometimes it doesn’t seem like enough times. We get each other, understand what we are both going through in life after cancer. Not many people understand it, and I’m so thankful I have someone in my life that does, that I can call a friend.
A breast friend. Breastie. BFF. Pink sister. We’ve said them all…..and on her birthday…..I’m just so thankful she’s here living life with me. No matter what we do. Crazy conversations, roaming through stores, laughing on the phone, going to galas, supporting each other, and just being there. I’m so freaking blessed.
And now I’m going to share something I never thought I would. This is a true example of her pulling me out of my comfort zone. She has no fear, and I’m getting there. Everyone has seen her picture….the one with her painted chest. Not many people know that I was there that day but my current job prevented me from sharing it. And I also looked horrible….no matter what she says 😉 I was painted by the amazing Jenni Bush and my pictures were taken by the talented Olivia Kohler. And the pic is small….baby steps…..but this is a glimpse of the shenanigans we get in to together. The other pictures are mostly selfies….and we take a lot. One thing we learned together….we can’t have enough pictures together ❤
Happy Birthday my breastie bff Jamie!!! I’m proud and honored to be your friend….and so very thankful to have you in my life 🙂