The Blessings in Receiving
One of the challenges I decided to take on during my encounter with breast cancer was to reach out – and be willing to receive whatever came back. Sounds so simple, yet it is difficult when you have spent your entire life being a “doer” and a giver. If I am to be totally honest, maybe I was worried that no one would respond. Boy, was I mistaken. I am still amazed at the response I received from people. Friends took me to doctor visits, cooked for Angela and I, took care of my little dog Stewie, sent flowers, baked cookies, came and sat with me, cried with me, did research for me – and let me know daily how much they cared.
The acknowledgments I make below are in random order, and they have no bearing on the level of appreciation for the efforts made by each person.
Angela – Thank you, My Dear. I cannot adequately put into words how amazing you were as you went through three surgeries and hospital stays with me. I imagine it was difficult for you, as I know you thought you might be losing me. But you were a trouper throughout it all, and I can see you came out stronger yourself.
Bev – Thank you for the constant, unwavering love and support that can only come from a friend of 60 years, from the beautiful state and the beautiful people of Minnesota.
Kaila – Thank you for walking me through the emotional aspects of this process, and sharing the specifics of your very personal journey with breast cancer. And most of all, thank you for supporting me in the decisions I am making.
Denise – Thanks for pushing me forward and onward, for reliving some of the emotions you encountered with your own breast cancer, and for going with me to the doctor’s appointments to make sure we heard the same thing.
Michele – Thank you for both the human food and the soul food you provided – and for understanding that all of this is really not about cancer.
Michael – Thank you for sending so much light into my life – and for the Minnie Mouse pajamas!
Wanda – Thank you for reminding me about the importance of receiving, and for the love that you and Mike sent from Oregon.
Angie – Thank you for creating a prayer circle for me in the Desert, and for doing weekly healing meditations with me on the phone.
Anna and Victoria – Thank you for giving Stewie the love and attention he needed when I wasn’t home, and a sacred place to stay overnight, when he was more than a little scared.
Jennifer – Thank you for wanting to be part of my family, and for the sunflower arrangement you sent that is so reminiscent of you and the sunshine (at least in summer!) in Massachusetts.
Catalina and her family – Thank you to my adopted family in Washington for all your love and concern, and for including me in your daily worship.
Christie and Jim – Thank you for the Wisconsin love and the yellow roses, and a reminder of what “my people” are really like.
Kris and Paul – Thank you for the gifts from Palm Springs – including flowers, cookies and love!
Barb – Thank you for your guidance and support from Washington – it was as though you were right here next to me.
Rosemary – Thank you for the information you gathered and sent me from your home country of Australia, and the love and intention that came through in each of your messages.
Linda, Donna, Grace and all my “Belle” friends – Thank you for the flowers, cards, visits, phone calls and the type of support that only a group of women can provide.
Darlene and Anthony – Thank you for being the kind neighbors who brought over flowers and food, and research material to assist me with my choices.
Rudy – Thank you for letting me know you went to church every Saturday to pray for me, and for being man enough to cry in front of me. I was so moved.
George from Japan, Anna from New York and Diane from Colorado – Namaste to my healing friends from places far away
Thank you to all!