You know, I never thought I’d hear myself say, “I’m grateful for what cancer gave me”. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t wish cancer on anyone. And, given the choice, I’m quite sure I’d take a pass on that part of my life. But, since it happened, and, since I had to go through it, I choose to embrace everything I learned from it.
They came from everywhere. Calls, notes, cards, gifts, meals, visits….. I was so overwhelmed. Friends I had decades ago embraced me and encouraged me. Once a week I’d receive a special mysterious gift, and the card would say, “Love, Angels in the Outfield”. I had no idea who these gifts were from. It went on for weeks. Then one day the
wrapped gift was a product (Dream Art – Pillowcase Design Kit) I had created with an old friend, Teri Carlo, when we were in business together 25 years ago. Come to find out, Teri and Jan, another old friend, had been my mysterious angels. They never wanted any recognition, only wanted to bring love and hope to my heart.
Family came and stayed with me and supported me during the worst times. They cleaned and cooked and listened to my fears. They prayed and wiped my tears. They spiritually stood in the gap when I couldn’t.
Prayers were happening all over the world. I felt them. It felt like a wall of liquid strength was being built around me and protecting me.
It was during this time I realized love conquerors all. I was never alone. Well, I’m always alone in my head, and that’s a story for another day, but I was never physically alone. I will never, ever, forget how this felt. I will never, ever, take for granted every one of those prayers, cards, gifts, and words of hope and encouragement. I was very blessed. I am very blessed.
I know today that love is demonstrated in many forms. I must always do something to show I care. Everything matters. Nothing is insignificant. Every kind word, thought and gift matters. So, for the gift of knowing I was loved, knowing I am loved, I thank you, cancer#1.
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