I am grateful for my friends and family. Without them, I could not be as strong as I am. They lift me up, make me laugh, make me think, problem solve. They provide a shoulder, an ear, a hand. They keep in touch through email, texts, phone calls, weekly coffees, lunch/dinner dates and at work. There are definitely times when I FEEL like I am alone, but I KNOW that is not true.
I have had brief periods of frustration about things said/unsaid or done/not done. Some things have been said to me almost as if I don’t understand the gravity of the situation. Trust me. I understand. But as I have said before, that is not where I live. Some things have remained unsaid for a variety of reasons. Over time, I have come to understand two fundamental truths; 1) people are who they are whether there is a cancer diagnosis or not and 2) they are doing the best that they can. So, if I start to feel troubled about something, I remind myself of these things. And I am hopeful that others give me the same grace.