Continuing Mama Bear Share: education on surprising setbacks as it relates to biopsies. The last two blogs have dealt with a surprise biopsy I had on March 21 at the dermatologist. I went in for what I thought was a routine situation. Instead, it turned out to be a biopsy on my face: specifically between my eyes. I implemented a mental getaway* to deal with the sudden fear of having a biopsy as a survivor. This week, I'm sharing with you how my tribe encouraged me. If anyone has any additional ideas or suggestions, please feel free to add them to the discussion area of this blog. I love sharing ideas and welcome them! We can all learn from each other's tribes!
Things My Tribe Did for Me that Worked:
Wrote encouraging notes on social media
Shared similar things that had happened to them, and how they coped
Spend the day with me, took me to a meal, gave me a project
Sent positive texts, pictures, emojis
Had repetitive and consistent conversations with me
Sent me flowers
Gave me a big hug
Took the time to follow up
It has been my experience that my tribe waivers from time to time with different members and different approaches, but it's a great thing because it is always the right people and the right approach that I need right at that time for that specific problem. This only happens if I (the survivor) am open to what is in front of me, and accepting of what is being offered. If you are an active member of a survivors tribe right now, I hope this helps with any future situations you may encounter as a tribe member for that special person touched by cancer.
*read previous blog for details on "How to Handle a Surprise Setback as a Survivor"
No one loves you like your tribe loves you. Accept who they are and what they offer you. Love them unconditionally, and thank them for being a part of your tribe.
Mama Bear Donita
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