Last Saturday, a few of us EndoSisters gathered from around Southern California and met up at a cabin on Palomar Mountain. It has been months in the making. And it was just an overnight getaway. And it was wonderful. Lovely. We laughed. We cried. We ate. We drank. We played cards. We bared our souls. We bonded more than we already had.
Such an incredible group of strong women, all courteous to one another, all thoughtful, all compassionate and truly family. And it hit me as I dropped off Heidi at her house and headed to my tattoo appointment:
I grew up with two older brothers. My sister passed away shortly after birth, so I’ve never had one. Rosie is the closest thing to a sister I’ve ever had…I used to mourn the fact that I didn’t have a sister. And I realized driving away…that I now have millions.
I love you gals. So much.
Thank you Brandy, Heidi, and Lisa for the photographs! And thank you Jessica for opening up your cabin. I cannot wait to do this again! You’re family, you’re my strength, and you’re my hope. And I know that we will always be there for one another. I love you all.
Friday already??? The week flew by for me – mostly because I was under the weather and resting for three days thanks to a stomach bug. Ugh.
So here I am hunting down a quote that speaks to me, flipping through the pages of a large book of quotations my Mum gifted me a few years ago.
And here we have it. The one that stood out to me immediately:
In 1992, Barbara Bush said,
“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”
My immediate thought when I read this? I melted and thought of all of the people who have come together because of our shared illness. Not just the EndoSisters, but our support systems, too.
Recently, we had a BBQ for our support. Our friends, our family, our loved ones. A way of honoring them. And it was beautiful to sit back, sip on a glass of sangria, and just watch everyone get to know each other, share stories, hug, cry. Strangers…all woven together in this large family.
We may not be blood, but we are absolutely family.
I love you, guys and gals. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Lisa
At the 1992 Republic National Convention, Barbara Bush said, “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” And it is so very, very, very true. To each of the EndoSisters I’ve met in person, hugged in person, cried with in person; I consider you family. We are knit together by lesions, adhesions, pain, and strength. And to those I’ve only virtually-met or hugged…the same goes for you. 😉 We truly are Sisters.
“Family” means so much more than shared genes and lineage. Be there for each other. Support one another. Reach out for help when you need it.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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