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#BCSM Feb 2013

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< How fabulous is this group??

This past Saturday we had our awesome and too infrequent #BCSM TweetUp. It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, share our recent experiences and build on our online connections. Each time, as I drive away through admittedly horrendous traffic I can’t help but think how lucky we are that the universe caused our paths to cross. And how VERY lucky we are to live in a city with a critical mass that enables us to meet!

So here’s how it goes…

The LA Farmer’s Market is a major hub of activity on any weekend (especially one as gorgeous as ours was), and so even scoring a table is a challenge. But we’re a persuasive bunch, and we managed to snag one. We straggle in, and bemoaning traffic morphs into gratitude that we are together. Once we reach a critical mass, it’s a bit like a family reunion…we pretty much talk over one another in our eagerness to get everyone’s updates.

This time I got called away from the excitement to tend to a rescue mission! One of us couldn’t get into the parking lot and was about to head home in defeat. Unacceptable! I found an open parking lot entrance and even fought to save her a parking spot. (Karma at work: one woman was so angry I was saving a spot that she threatened to come back and key the car, and then a man nearly ran me over and took the spot. Here’s hoping she DID key the car!! I’m evil, I know, but I’m ok with that.)

Once the table is full we spend the next hour or two sharing stories. Family, jobs, advocacy, and our health updates. Then a game I know a Jewish Geography – we figure out who from the #BCSM community has managed to meet whom, when and at which conference. I marvel at how connected we feel.

All in all, it is at once an uneventful and deeply powerful few hours. I sit, quietly wondering why we don’t do this more often and yet knowing how hard it is for us to make it happen at all. And I look forward to the next one!

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicki Tashman
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 17:26:28

    It was great to see everyone! Yes, the traffic was horrible that day but it was soooo worth it!


  2. Susan
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 18:25:25

    As some of you know I had to miss the meeting because my beautiful dog Shelby was peeing blood, so I took her to the animal hospital. I am lucky I live a block away so I could walk my dog in, but they had to do an ultrasound to get a sample and it all took time. I tried to race over with my dog in her carry crate but it was too late. Fortunately after another visit that night because she was sitting in a pool of blood, she got cleaned up and the antibiotic kicked in. I can’t wait till the next one to see everyone and we are an incredible group that I am so proud to be a part of. Hugs and XoXoXo – Susan


  3. DrAttai
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 19:15:04

    How awesome is this group? SO VERY AWESOME!!


  4. Renn
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 11:47:54

    OMG why have I not connected the dots … you guys are all in LA? Me too!


  5. Holly
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 08:51:15

    I am in LA also!!! I invite you to be part of the BC group that I ‘hang’ with…we meet once a month for brunch at local eateries. There are about 37 of us…of course, not everyone comes every time and we have met each other in various ways – from seeing each other in doctor’s waiting rooms and making friends, to co-workers hooking us up with someone they know who has BC and needs support…Our next gathering is March16th at John O’Groats on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks…I am hosting! Let me know if you’d like an e-vite with details!!


  6. bethgainer
    Feb 28, 2013 @ 09:38:06


    This is so utterly fantastic, I don’t have words. What a wonderful thing for you guys to be meeting in person! I’m so happy for all of you.


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