As the song in Dirty Dancing starts out:
"Now I've had the time of my life
No I never felt like this before"
There couldn't be truer words perhaps, but not for the reason as in the song.
Today I am going to write about WHY WE REALLY NEED THE CROWN JEWELS.
I just got off the phone with a friend, the husband of a girl I've known since high school.
She is very ill and they don't know why. She's going through very thorough medical testing in New York. Her husband asked me to call her and hold her hand as she needs me. We all need friends.
The Queen of one chapter is going through a nightmare with a husband who is critically ill, Her days are consumed with getting him to and from the hospital for treatments and appointments with Doctors as they prepare for surgery.
Several Jewels are presently fighting cancer and other ailments. Some struggle quietly while others reach out to friends, family and Jewels for support. We all handle stress and illness differently, in our own way, the way best for us.
I've had my own medical battles the past five years. My husband too and recently both our sons have undergone surgery and each has his own very young family to care for but they will be laid up for some time. We are there to help as often as we can. The stress is overwhelming and it makes us realize how silly it is, some of the things we normally worry about.
We don't need "things" at this stage of our life. We need friends and family.
This is our life now.
We're at that age, when the most important thing is to have family and friends, companionship; to not feel lonely or forgotten.
This is why WE NEED THE JEWELS and why it is important to look around at our friends and encourage them to join too.
We need friends. We need support. We need to know someone cares.
Women in a large city are often "lost" - people just assume they haven't seen them lately because they are busy with their own life but all too often they are sitting at home, lonely, afraid, or just plain numb. We all need friends. We all need someone who checks in periodically to see how we are doing.
Belonging to a CJCS chapter means you are invited to an event at least once a month and someone reaches out to tell you the plans and hopefully, if you don't respond, someone will be in touch to ensure you are okay and just busy that month.
Aging isn't easy. It gets lonelier each year that we get older.
Let's do it together!
Please, call a friend today and invite her to join your chapter.
She needs you, she needs us.