Almost 25 years ago, I married my best friend. Literally. It's a long story and a good one but it is for another time. Suffice it to say, I not only married my best friend, I married someone who has been a rock for me all these years. He has been my anchor when things go wrong. Does his optimism drive me crazy at times? Absolutely. But, if you know Greg, you know that he knows things. We, his family, friends and business partners, are always driven crazy by the comment, "I know things", but, ultimately he is right. [I can't believe that I put that in writing].
Greg, as always, has been my touchstone through all of this that is my life, our life. He has sat in more hospital waiting rooms for me over the years and he has never failed me. My daughters told me that in the sixteen hours that they were at the hospital waiting, he did not close his eyes a single time to rest. He is devoted to me and especially in the last few months, it has brought me more comfort than I could ever describe.
I expected to be growing more and more anxious yesterday, to not be able to sleep last night and none of that has happened. I took a bath early in the evening with a good book and sat down to go through emails and look at Facebook and I say Greg's latest post and it has helped me to put a timeline and a victory to this next phase of this cancer battle.
Andrea starts Chemo. Its been a long 3 months but so far things have
been going well. Currently Andrea has an excellent chance of never
having to deal with cancer again. Along the way family and friends have
been great with their support. Words can never express well my deep
feelings of gratitude for everyone in our lives. Also along they way we
have found grace and beauty... daughters who sleep on a couch to give
their mom medicine during the night...neighbors who just cut your
grass...sisters who arrange meals from friends...parents who buy you a
reclining bed for comfort...parents who are just always there has your
safety net and foundation to go on... Drs. and nurses who do not see you
has a job but a calling to walk you back to full health. Our experience
has just been awe-inspiring. All of this has led me to one
conclusion...It is A Wonderful Life we have been given and like George
Bailey we sometimes need a harsh example to see clearly the love around
us. In the end...that is all that matters. So by the time Christmas
comes we will watch the movie Its a Wonderful Life has a family and know
the gift we have been given is Andrea's full health. Thanks to all.
So, this Christmas, I plan to sit and watch this wonderful classic movie with Greg, Amanda and Ali surrounding me and be ever mindful that yes, there are bumps and even boulders in the road but, with faith, family and friendship, we can get through anything.
To my wonderful husband, I love you more than words can say and I look forward to sitting together with you and the girls, when they are home for Christmas break, watching the movie and sharing a big box of tissue.