Hi my dear friends,
Haven't posted lately, but had second chemo yesterday and so far so good - week 2 (of 18) ticked off - with just minor tummy effects and dexamethasone insomnia for a couple of days.
I wanted to share a story of courage with you. In the lift at my oncologist's building, a young woman got in with her partner - no wig or scarf, and completely bald. She had her chin up, and her gaze straight ahead, proud but no eye contact with anyone. I so badly wanted to say " You look beautiful" but was hesitant and just smiled at her as I left the lift. (Sound familiar, Chris?) I regretted it all day.
The next evening I went to the LGFB workshop at the Cancer Council. A beautiful young woman in a cloche hat immediately came and sat beside me. She whisked off her hat and was instantly recognizable as the girl in the lift. We talked without reservations until the workshop started, and have exchanged phone numbers so that we can talk more. We share the same surgeon. Kate has had 8 surgeries in 3 years, and her courage and sweet nature shine out like a magnet. She said her secret was to take one day at a time.
I am so glad to have met her. Sometimes just a smile means more than we know and can lead to a wonderful connection. In future I will never be too shy to smile or speak to someone.
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. I was blown away when a knock at the door was our 4 boys (men!) - 3 from interstate and 1 from overseas! They had planned it for weeks and it was the happiest Mother's Day ever!
Love and hugs - stay well, be strong -
Love and hugs