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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!

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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!

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  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

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

    How awesome is this group? SO VERY AWESOME!!

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

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

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  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! hhamlett55@gmail.com Let me know if you’d like an e-vite with details!!

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

    Lori,

    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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