My Army of Facebookers


Now that chemo is finally over, and I’m feeling better, I want to share how my story all began on Facebook, and why I decided to share and be honest with my journey.  I was just too fragile in the beginning to process the events, but this is how you all came to know about me in one day:

The day after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my dear friend Kellie surprised me with a Go Fund Me campaign to help with the medical expenses that I was about to endure.  I went to bed that night knowing she had sent it to a few email addresses as she is not on Facebook.  To be honest, I thought this might be a good way to let some of my friends know as I didn’t have it in me to keep telling my story over and over.  But, somewhere in the night, someone shared this campaign on Facebook.  I woke up the next morning to countless voice and text messages.  I didn’t even know what had happened until I started reading the texts.  Then, I got on Facebook and realized what had happened and  how many times the campaign had been shared.  Everyone knew.  Holy crud.  I was so overwhelmed.  At first, I wanted to hide.  I hadn’t even had time to process the news myself. I was still hysterical, and the cat was really out of the bag.  Big time.

Then throughout the day, as the messages came in, I read and listened to each and everyone of them over and over again.  My tears stopped.  My hysteria dissipated.  My heart beat regulated.  My breath calmed.   I could not believe all of the love that was being bestowed upon me.  It was such a gift.  A gift that I did not know I needed.   With the click of a button,  Facebook told everyone my story.  And everyone swooped in to tell me how much they loved me.  So, in a very bizarre way, I have to give credit to Facebook for mounting my soldiers.   In one day,  I had an army standing behind me.  And this army got me through chemo.  My army, I thank you.


Author: jillmbarber

I'm a full time mommy to three young children and a part time commercial actor. In March of 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is my battle. This is my story.

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