Last night, I was one of about 25 or so guests at a fabulously hosted Christmas party in an amazingly decorated house. Between the party, the house, the grounds and the food, even Martha Stewart couldn't have done it better! The party was hosted by my friend Mary Lou who is currently winning her battle against cancer. She was one of 3 people at this party who are in the "short hair club." She has about a 1/2" of hair on her head, I have this strange mop of little hairs on my head, and there was a third woman in attendance who also sported a very short hair cut. I later learned that she decided to keep her hair very short after losing it.
Sometimes you attend a party and end up sitting alone all night because you don't know anyone. This was not one of those times. All the strangers at this party were welcoming and talkative. Seems that the homeowners have a wonderful circle of friends. Among their friends, is Sally - the third "short hair club" member. She is an 8 year breast cancer survivor and after learning that I am a one year survivor, she welcomed a lengthy conversation about cancer, our memories (good and bad) and living a healthy lifestyle, including the positive attitude, which she sported with grace.
I am in no way, grateful for cancer, but I will say that I truly appreciate the ability to connect on such a personal level with complete strangers. When I look back on this day and that party, it is the people that I will remember and how they made me feel. I felt welcomed, included, honest, real, and fun.