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Originally when I found DS, I was seeking a sense of familiarity amongst women who were struggling with infertility as I was. I was seeking support, yet I found a sisterhood. I found DS about 4 1/2 years ago through a search engine and amongst other online support groups that were listed, I tested them all out with the million questions that I had regarding infertility and the ongoing quest for motherhood. DS became home to my pain and uncertainty almost instantaneously. Every question I had, every fear that surfaced, every tear that fell... those girls were there for me.
Through the infertility forum, there was a core group of girls that found a connection that surpassed friendship and became an amazing sisterhood. Diem was one of those girls. She struggled with infertility and after the birth of her first son, even though many of us were still wading through the muddy waters of fertility treatments and seeking those magical two pink lines, we celebrated with her when she found herself pregnant once again with her 2nd son.
When I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in the fall of 2008, she never left my side. She cried with me, got angry with me, questioned God on my behalf, encouraged me to laugh through it in the hopes that maybe, after all, laughter is the best medicine. She sent me hugs, bible verses, emails... just to remind me that, even if I didn't want to talk about it, she was still there, holding my hand silently through every fear I was experiencing. She was a constant reminder that I was not without a sister in this world that cared about me every day.
I became cancer-free December 28th of this year when I made the extremely difficult decision to have a hysterectomy and rid myself of the cancer. She prayed me through it every step of the way, knowing the decision my husband and I had to make was the last thing we wanted to do. All my DS sisters felt called to duty to walk me through this horrendous time and through cards, letters, emails, hugs, phone calls and kinship, I found the beauty through my tragedy. Because of them.
When tragedy struck her world this past summer, I grieved with her. Sadly, I knew what she was going through. I was so angry for her. But, I promised her that I would be there for her as she was there for me and that beating this cancer was not going to be something she did alone; we were all fighting it with her. See, the thing about this sisterhood is that nothing happens to just one of us; it happens to all of us. Joy, sadness, tragedy, fear, laughter... all for one and one for all. So, it's not just Diem that is fighting this cancer; it's all of us rallying behind her and next to her that is fighting too. We are invested in her life because she has amazingly invested in ours.
Go Team Diem!!!!!
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