Friends

Once word got out about my situation, I have a few offers immediately for assistance. My sister-in-law, Lisa came and stayed with me for a week. Until her arrival, my friend, Susan came and spend time with me. That must have been painful for her, watching me sleep and move from one spot to another.

Lisa was such a big help. I was so excited to see her and so grateful that when she walked into my room, I just cried. Knowing you are going to need help and that she is here was so good for my heart. She was so kind and gentle and keeping me company was a true blessing.

Susan and I met through Bella. When I moved to the Cincinnati area I found Susan as she owned “The Dog House”. She was a groomer and had seen me through Mister, Buster and now Bella. We laugh as of all three of my dogs, Bella has been the most challenging. So over the years we became acquaintances and then friends. Susan was so busy with her business that is wasn’t until she sold her business that we actually became friends. She is a lover of Golden Retrievers and I’m a lover of miniature schnauzers. She’s a very serious person but has a love for Disney that I have yet to figure out. She’s like a big kid when it comes to Disney.

Susan lives over an hours drive from me but each day she came and then would drive me into town for radiation and other doctor appointments. She truly was a blessing. She did this almost daily for several weeks. I am still in awe of her friendship and the level of compassion she showed to me.

For my fRiends who came to visit and brought food, I’m so appreciative. One Friends hired a housekeeper to help around the house and that has been so wonderful. She called and made the offer and I accepted knowing I was going to need this help. The friends who sent packages of stuff to keep me busy and the friends who dropped off food, you are forever in my heart.

I will be forever grateful for their kindness. Not just shown to me, but shown to Rob. He was in a state of shock. You could see it on his face. He just didn’t know what to do, and at this time we weren’t sure of the prognosis but we knew it was coming.

When you have cancer, your friends become an important source of existence. I would have been in terrible shape without them. Rob needed to be at work and I needed someone with me. Just getting up out of bed was difficult and not something I could do on my own. It’s so humbling to need help getting in and out of bed, going to the bathroom and taking a shower. All of these activities required help. I laugh now at trying to go to the bathroom without bending your leg. Try sitting down on the toilet when you can’t bend your leg. It’s almost comical and you really do need to have a sense of humor to survive something like this.

So to my friends who were with me, I will forever be indebted to you for extending such kindness and compassion to me. I could not have made it this far without your assistance. Being a caregiver is hard work. It’s tiring work and I’m so appreciative and grateful for your friendship.

It’s been three months now since I broke my leg and although I’m moving forward it is entirely too slow for my taste. I’m still stiff and sore. I get up every morning feeling optimistic and energized only to poop out a few hours later. I know that it will be better each day I move forward but it is still baby steps as my granddaughter tells me.

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