Technically, a Battle Buddy is a partner assigned to a soldier in the United States Army. A battle buddy is there to assist in combat, provide support to over come obstacles that are physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. To ensure accountability and safety at all times. A battle buddy never leaves you behind.
The cancer patient is fighting the toughest battle.... a battle for life. A cancer battle buddy is anyone who supports someone fighting this fight. You might be the day to day caretaker or the mom or sibling, maybe the neighbor who helps shovel or mow, maybe the nurse who holds your hand during treatment. Whatever your role, if you've ever been there for someone with cancer - consider yourself a battle buddy.
Who am I?
I am a soldier. I am an American. But vitally, I am a battle buddy for the love of my life who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.
Why did I create this blog?
As a battle buddy, this war against cancer has been more difficult than any challenge I have had in life so far. I have had to helplessly watch the person I love suffer with no way to ease the pain or “fix” it. I have had to keep my emotions in check and refrain from displaying anything other than positivity to ensure my battle stays focused on beating this. The pressure builds, as pieces of you break away there is no chance of picking them up and putting them back. This blog is our valve. Our way to share and let go, express the frustrations and find solace with those that can relate.
What is the movement?
Started by my fiance, a breast cancer survivor, Shelly says: "As a cancer survivor, I am hoping to start a movement here in my community that supports "the supporters" of the cancer patient because they are the people who really helped me get through my battle with cancer. It is important for me to stress the necessity of "battle buddies" during treatment and beyond. I know it was painstaking for my family and friends during my yearlong journey of treatments, but it was just as heartbreaking for me to watch them hurt, because I hurt. I was barely able to help myself during treatments, let alone help them. Now it is my turn to give back."
How can you get involved?
SHARE: Learning of others who relate to my situation, helps me. I urge you to share your story or just one moment in time where you were able to give yourself the title of battle buddy.
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