We are a solid group. The breast cancer social media gang. The bloggers who are listed here (and if you are missing from the blogroll, identify yourself, please!) and those of us who chat on twitter.
On twitter, that hashtag, #bcsm is now known as The Bat Signal. If anyone throws a #bcsm on the end of a tweet, there is a guarantee, someone will respond in a flash. Yes, a bat signal. THE Bat Signal.
Yesterday, that signal was flying off fingers like wildfire. It was an AWFUL day for a group that just celebrated its six month anniversary. I am so thrilled to spend an hour each week with these brilliant women exchanging thoughts and ideas. Supporting each other.
Yesterday, every one of us participated in that chat with heavy hearts. Hearing about Rachel's death early in the day brought the community to tears. For hours, there were messages going back and forth among many people. When I saw Toddler Planet jump to the top of my blog roll indicating a new post, I immediately clicked the link to the familiar page, saw Susan's smiling face and the word, Goodbye. I stared at the screen------stunned------shocked--------in utter disbelief....
This is going to be a week of reflection for me. Yesterday, there were THREE posts written. The first one said I had nothing. Little did I know what was to come in the hours ahead. Now, I really have nothing.
I call #BCSM Officially A No Pink Zone and now the twitter home of a group of Fearless Friends known as Rachel's Rebels and Susan's InSurgents. We are all determined to keep their voices strong and make sure those voices are heard by many. We will mourn and we will be sad and then we will become a determined group of women who will not be turned away. We will continue to bang on doors and we will make noise and raise the decibel level as high as we must.
We will NOT be okay with the same old same old. The status quo sucks. It's just. that. simple.
Take time to poke around their blogs. They are truly brilliant, remarkable women. A funeral one week ago and two more deaths yesterday. It's overwhelming. I need to regroup. This shattered my world.