There is power in stories. For 2004, Sisters’ Journey presents in this our fifth calendar the stories of 13 more phenomenal women – 13 because, for the first time, our survivors include a set of twins. They join others, spreading assurance to women all over that you can survive breast cancer. Our journeys might be just a bit different, but we walk together down life’s highway together.
Sisters’ Journey is proud to celebrate five years of accomplishment. Members of this group have participated in many activities sponsored by the American Cancer Society. There have been moments of advocacy in Washington. The trips to conferences provided information about recent research and growing relations with people across the country.
The organization known as Sisters’ Journey has distributed more than 5,000 calendars across the country. The annual Pink Teas attracted audiences of nearly 400 on the last Sunday in October over the years. Through Sisters’ Journey’s work, women of color have relaxed a boundary and joined support groups throughout the region. Our own support group not only meets monthly but also provides the collective energy that pushes us all forward. A history of five years is a celebration of survival. And the journey continues.
In addition to all of this, Sisters’ Journey is now looking forward to sharing more through a newsletter and a telephone line. Materials in a multi-media library are being gathered to lend one more educational mechanism. Increased activity with several national groups will provide continuing education and better understanding. Adding a family event to the list of annual events will allow attention to caregivers and family who are so important to recovery.
As we move along, turn the pages of this calendar. Think about the words from the 13 women featured in this year’s issue. Examine the similarities and differences in their journeys. Turn to this calendar and the work of Sisters’ Journey for guidance on unknown routes. Understand that you are not alone. Look to others to find strength.
Linda White Epps– Founder