To My Community, My Friends
April 30th, 2012
I’ve started and stopped this particular post several times, changed the words and nothing I’ve said has seemed to be enough and perhaps it won’t ever be, for the only words I have are THANK YOU!!
Since, I shared my breast cancer with you, I’ve been met with nothing but support, strangers that are now friends, reaching out to me, emails, DM’s, phone calls, skype messages, text messages and even snail mail. Y’all sure do know how to reach out across every single platform!!!
I have felt rather helpless, knowing that you wanted to help, wanted to offer support of more than just words and I just didn’t know what I would need, I didn’t know how to let you help me. And, of course, y’all being the smart, loving and caring people that you are… You found the best way possible. (With some gentle nudging from some of my best friends, a plan was concocted)
Each of you in your own way, let me know that I was loved, cared about and that I was important. The Sunday afternoon and evening before Morte’s demise, #BewbLuv really started to take off as messages of support and well wishes started to poor in.
Dave Reynolds donned his pink dress, ready to wear it until I was out of surgery.
Sam Fiorella, my colleague, friend and even sounding board, voluntarily gave up his coffee until I could once again enjoy it as well. I know, Sam, I’ve seen Sam without coffee, I knew what a sacrifice that was and was completely blown away. Also, I’m sorry for anyone that dealt with Sam, sans coffee on Monday!!
In the early hours of Monday, as my friends on East Coast woke, more well wishes rolled in, as did the the wash of Pink across my facebook. Then the most amazing thing, people started changing their Avi’s on Twitter & Facebook. Thanks, to J.C, people were able to choose from several different avi’s!! A twibbon popped up.
One of my best friends, sent out his 100,000 to me, wishing me well.
— Ted Rubin (@TedRubin) April 23, 2012
As I headed into surgery, I was able to spend time reading the tweets but not respond to the mass amount of well wishes, hugs and love that was pouring in. Not just from my Community, but from everyone’s community. My friends, the people that know me best, had started making phone calls, my story was being circulated. By the time I was home and safely tucked into bed, back on Twitter, #BewbLuv had trended in 5 different countries, 7 cities in the US and the tweets were still pouring in.
Y’all, awe me, I was completely blown away and knew that you had helped me in a way that I didn’t know I needed, you were able to distract me, entertain and in so many different, creative and simple ways give me the gift of friendship and support.
Within the next couple of days, a new page will be up here…. Simply titled #BewbLuv you will be able to find all the pictures, videos and links to all the blog posts written from that day.
I will be forever grateful to all of you, to the day the Interwebz turned my entire life pink and made my Bewbs famous worldwide. Thank you!!