As I have mentioned a few times in my earlier posts, people have just been SO amazing and supportive as they learn of my diagnosis. I always knew I had the most wonderful family and friends on the planet, but cancer has really reaffirmed that for me. I feel incredibly loved!!
Food has been the primary means to show people care (isn’t it always?)… lots of lunches and dinners going on! Thankfully, I have been able to keep my weight in check, despite spending at least one meal daily in a restaurant. Those meals were a great way for people to share their concerns and to talk through this thing called cancer. They generally helped us both and we all promised to do this more post-chemo. (A good lesson for all of us not to wait until there’s a health issue to spend time with loved ones.)
The cards and gifts are abundant! In some ways, it feels celebratory, and in a way, we are celebrating…toasting to good health and great friendships. The gifts range from books to angels, pj’s to juicers, I Love Lucy DVDs to Amazon gift cards, Pandora beads to (literally) a whole new wardrobe! (Future topic…!)
The offers of assistance have included cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, taxi service, “baby”sitting, a shoulder to cry on, or even someone to punch!
I have been gifted with so many good wishes from hundreds of people, and let’s not forget the most powerful gift of all: prayer! Thank you to all of you who have been praying, and will continue to pray, for my strength. a speedy recovery, and good health. I have been overwhelmed by this outpouring of support. I very much prefer to be the “giver” rather than the “receiver”, and I admit to being a little uncomfortable with all of it. I am doing my best to be open to the gifts God has sent my way but I do struggle some days to understand how I became so blessed.
How can I ever repay all this goodness and generosity?
I asked a friend that very question and she answered, quite simply, “pay it forward”. So my friends, I promise to do just that and hope that I can, in some small way, repay the Universe for all you have done for me.
Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.