When I reflect back on everything that I’ve been through in the last year and a half, I am so grateful for all my family and friends who have helped and supported me. There are many whose support has been important to me and who went way above and beyond to help me. So many people brought me meals during chemo, and some of you brought me MANY meals. I had a few people bring me meals whom I had not even met before, but they heard about me and wanted to help out. So many of you sent e-mails and texts to encourage me. I got gifts like hats in the mail for my bald head. I got Edible Arrangements. I got flowers. I got a bunch of stuff! People prayed for me. There are many others of you who helped me, and I am grateful for your friendship. I am blessed.
I have to thank my family, who took great care of me and supported me through everything. Craig and Mom went to all my surgeries, waited for me, and took me home after. Craig made sure I ate, changed my bandages, helped me get a bath, and fetched stuff for me when I was lying on the sofa. Mom stayed with me after surgeries, cooked meals for us, did laundry, and came and stayed with me during chemo when Craig had to travel for work. Craig, Drew, and Jackson went to chemo with me. Kelsey sent me flowers, messages, and texts, which is a good thing because the boys aren’t too good at sending messages. My extended family sent cards and messages and visited. Thank you to my beautiful family. I love you guys so much.
Thank you to my Three Musketeers, Deb, Don, and Paige, my best friends. Deb, Don, and Beth were always bringing stuff over, food, flowers, gifts, meals. Deb and Don both ran or walked with me during treatment, always going at my pace, just to keep me company and spend time with me. Paige organized all the meals that people brought to the house, and she hosted me at her beautiful mountain home several times for relaxing weekend getaways. This was good time for me to get refreshed after going through everything. All three of these friends went to chemo with me. Thank you so much, guys, for taking care of me and being my friends. I love you guys.
Thanks to all the folks on my text update list. Thanks for caring enough to ask to be on the list, for wanting to know what was going on with me, and for praying for me.
My friend, Aprille, also brought many meals and let Craig and I enjoy her beautiful cabin at Leatherwood for a weekend during my chemo treatment. Thanks for being my friend, Aprille.
Thanks to Fredda for the many bouquets of flowers, your many texts and visits to the house, and the food. When something challenging happens for me, you always reach out and make me know that you care. And I know you do this for many in our community. Thanks for being my friend.
Thanks to the Rock Hill Striders – Luanne and Avery, Angie and Seth, Earl and Bonnie, Ed and Blair, Scott and Mary Ann, Hope and Jose, Erica and Todd, Jay and Leah, Don and Beth, Dan, Geary, Jeff, Ed, Katie, and Jennifer. You guys brought many meals and supported me with your positive words and inquiries about me. Luanne was always bringing me my favorite things from Panera, and she cooked us many fabulous meals including a particularly memorable roasted prime rib that was delicious! Angie brought me too many meals to count and was always texting me with positive words. I also could talk to her about my medical issues and get her advice and ideas. Thanks for listening, Angie. Ed Moore even missed his evening run one day to bring me a meal with Blair. I know what a sacrifice that was. 🙂 Mary Ann brought snacks to the hospital for every surgery so Craig and Mom wouldn’t be hungry while waiting. Everybody else brought meals and always asked how I was. Don, Angie, and Ed Kelly ran or walked with me on many a Sunday, sacrificing their own run to go at my pace. Thanks for being our second family, guys.
Thanks to my mountain running buddies for being my friends and for the gifts and messages. Thanks for treating me to a fun weekend at Black Mountain during my chemo treatment! Thanks Dennis, Lou, Doug, Martha, Beth, Beth, Phyllis, Don, Ed, and Alan.
Thank you to the many, many people in my community who brought meals for me after my surgeries and during chemo. This was so helpful for us. We were able to freeze many leftovers and, therefore, had even more meals to pull out for later. Many of you did not even know me beforehand, but you brought a meal to me, a stranger. Thank you. Thanks to my dear friend, Paige, for organizing all the meals. Thanks to my neighbors, especially Butch and Lisa Cowart and Ken and Lyn Evans, who brought meals, snacks, and took care of Carolina for us when we needed help.
Thanks to Fort Mill Fast Feet. I am not a member of your group, but many of you reached out to me and ministered to me with meals and words of encouragement. There were a few of you who did not even know me before this, but you reached out to me anyway. I thank you for your support and cherish the new friendships I’ve made.
I received many, many cards from people, and I thank everyone who sent them. They were always encouraging to me. I have to single out Mrs. Nettie Sibley from Fairfax who sent me more cards than I can count. For a while there I think I was receiving at least one card a week from Mrs. Nettie. Thank you, Mrs. Nettie.
I thank the people of Fairfax First Baptist Church and the people of Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill for the cards and prayers. Your support meant a lot to me.
I’ve had excellent medical care, and I’ve had a lot of wonderful nurses and doctors who took care of me through everything. When you’re going through something like this, it is so comforting when people in the medical community treat you like more than just another patient. I know this must be hard for them as they see so many people with all kinds of problems. But I had a few medical providers who really showed their concern and care for me, and this really meant a lot to me. I have to single out my surgeon, Dr Corey Crain, who took such excellent care of me. He spent so much time with me in his office going over everything, explaining things to me, drawing me diagrams, etc. He would ask me how I was doing emotionally and how Craig was handling things (not many of the medical people ask this or even want to know). He called me personally on the phone many, many times to talk with me about the decisions we had to make. He did not delegate this to someone else. He called me personally. When he said he was going to call, he did. I didn’t do any waiting around because I was forgotten, like was my experience with some other providers. He welcomed me getting a second opinion if I felt that was necessary, and he called and consulted with other doctors about my case and then passed that information on to me in a timely manner, pretty much immediately. Dr Crain will always be special to me. There was also a nurse anesthetist at Piedmont who took special care of me. Before my mastectomy the nurses had difficulty getting my IV in. After a couple of attempts they quickly called in the “posse,” and I had several medical personnel around my bed that morning trying to get my IV in as painlessly as possible. This nurse anesthetist took charge of the situation and supervised getting the job done. I had to spend the night in the hospital that night, and she visited me the next morning, a Saturday, just to check on me. I appreciated her concern and care for me. This really stood out to me. I wish I had gotten her name so I could do a better job of thanking her. Also thanks to Deb, one of the nurses in the chemo clinic at Levine Cancer Institute-Rock Hill, who took care of me all throughout my chemo and Herceptin treatment. I saw Deb every 3 weeks for almost a year, so she got to feeling like family to me. I always knew I was in good hands with Deb, and she was always there with a friendly face and a hug when I needed it despite the fact that she was always working so hard.
I have had excellent support during my cancer ordeal, and I am grateful for all my friends and family. Thanks for getting me through one of the toughest times of my life. I’m glad to be on the other side of things, and I’m enjoying life!
Enjoy your life, too, friends. 🙂