Today started out just like (almost) any other other Sunday. I woke up unusually early...which is always SUPER fun! Although, waking up at 2:45am because you are blistering hot is not fun! I got out of bed after an hour lying there, wide awake, only to to be greeted by incessant 'clicking' noises in our walls that our G-damn apartment can't figure out how to fix after years of us living here! Anyways...
The hubs and I ran our usual Sunday errands and stopped by a phone store to help the hubs out with a storage issue on his cell. I sat in the car for a little bit finishing my 'candy crush' game (that I am TOTALLY addicted to, by the way), though it started getting a touch hot with the windows rolled up so I took off for an air-conditioned shelter.
My eyes, drawn to my silly phone, playing my silly game, were immediately fixated on one man. I tried to not make it obvious as I am sure he's been getting stared at lately. I know the feeling (except with my back turned). You can always feel someone looking at you, even in an extremely dark room. He had recent surgery done on his right cheek near his nose. Still swollen. Still purplish. Still, I'm sure, very painful. He had been diagnosed with Melanoma three weeks prior.
This is where it gets weird...at least to me:
As I was walking to kitchen from the living room, I glanced at myself in a mirror and it dawned on me (I think I subconsciously expected this), I am wearing my "Fuck Cancer" shirt!! Whoah, I know, trip out on that shit!! Or should I say: trip out on that SHIRT?? But seriously, isn't that sort of kismet? A chance encounter? Fate? I met someone in passing with my cancer, while wearing my cancer shirt?
O-kay, o-kay...I agree it might be a little far fetched, but I don't wear this shirt often. The last time I wore this was on the Melanoma walk in May. Prior to that...?? I don't know, it might have been...jesus, I don't know - maybe when it was lying on me prior to "the" surgery (almost 1.5 years ago) for a photo op?
In any sense, cancer shirt or no cancer shirt, I still ran into another Club Melanoma Member - a recent one at that. Maybe I wore it because I...I don't know... It happened for a reason, that's all I can say. I gave him my business card and asked him to look me up on Facebook so I can add him to BAMW. For those of you that don't know, it's a group on Facebook called: Bad Ass Melanoma Warriors - we're close to 800 members, if not more. If you're in the 'Club' and want to be involved in BAMW, let me know and we'll get ya' set up.
Ohhhh....I do hope he contacts me...I want him to know that he's not alone. We have a roar and we have an unfortunate new member to add to the roar, but the roar is still there and it's getting louder.