In talking to Tiffany this fall she kept crediting GirlFriendCircles with giving her a circle of friends who helped her through a health crisis. I'd say all credit goes to her for fostering friendly people into friends, but her story was so inspiring, I asked her if she'd be willing to share it with all of you! Tiffany was a member of GirlFriendCircles.com in San Francisco, CA for nearly 2 years and is still a huge advocate and ambassador.
So, Tiffany, this particular part of your story begins this last September...
Yes, it was right after Memorial Day and I ended up needing to go to the hospital because I was in so much pain. I couldn't have guessed upon arrival that they would be telling me that not only were they keeping me there, but also that I needed emergency surgery.
And how did you respond?
Well I immediately called two friends of mine (one whom I had met through GirlFriendCircles.com) and they put out the word about where I was and what had happened.
The response was unbelievable.
Three of our friends, who we had also met through GirlFriendCircles.com (GFC), came and spent hours with me in the emergency room so I wouldn’t have to be alone. (What makes this even more special is that one of them is an avowed germaphobe who avoids hospitals!) My surgery ended up becoming a 3 ½ day hospital stay. And there was honestly not one day that went by that this amazing group of women did not call, visit, text, etc. I am convinced that the love and support from them is what made the healing process go so quickly.
I spent two weeks recuperating at home and the “amazingness” continued. People visited, called, texted, brought me food, took me to doctor’s appointments, stayed with me when I needed it…. It was a truly humbling experience to be on the receiving end of that much love.
Before all this happened, I had in my head that these women were my “village” and it was gratifying to know that it translated to real life!
Take me back to that moment when you realized you actually had friends who were supporting you through this crisis… what did you feel?
I felt incredibly blessed and grateful. I met all these women through GFC. The women who show up to GFC, and are intentional about making friends and building community, really do make the world a better place to live.
As a single woman who doesn't live near family, I basically lived through a crisis that would have been so much worse had it happened a few years ago, before I had built up a circle of friends. We've all had times where we've wondered, "Who would I call in an emergency situation?" and this time, I knew the answer.
Oh that makes me so happy to hear! How did going through this together impact your friendships?
The ultimate impact of this was that my FRIENDS became my FAMILY in the truest and best sense of that word. Even though I was the one who was sick, we all now know that we have each other’s back when the chips are down. We have a community where we lean on each other and celebrate each other’s wins. We've proven it to ourselves!
It truly was an amazing experience to be a part of. To me, it's not too big of a statement to say that none of it would have been possible without GirFriendCircles.com. To meet women who were ready and willing to develop meaningful friendships literally gave me a support system, a tribe in this city.
Anything else you want to say?
My take-away is that it is so worth it to invest the time and energy into building a network of female friendships. I am convinced they are the root of a happy and successful life!
I hope I've been able to convey how amazing and special this group of friends is / has become and that none of it would be possible without us all meeting through GFC. I am so grateful. Thank you Shasta for starting this...
You're so welcome Tiffany. Thank you for jumping in, meeting people, and taking the time to foster friendships-- that's where the magic was!
Tiffany attended 8 Connecting-Circles & 1 Friendship Accelerator during her membership in GirlFriendCircles and that combination of involvement has given her a strong circle of local girlfriends.
Membership deal: Until Dec. 2, women can save 20% off a GirlFriendCircles.com membership, ensuring that your 2014 is filed with invitations to local ConnectingCircles. Promo Code: UPGRADE
Friendship Accelerator: And if you, or someone you know, lives in New York City, San Francisco, or Las Vegas-- I'll be in those cities in early 2014 offering Friendship Accelerators! More info here.
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