It’s true what “they” (who are they anyway, has anyone figured it out?) say about how your life changes in seconds and how the diagnosis of cancer can leave you breathless. What “they” fail to mention is that the response and outpouring of love that you receive after a diagnosis like this will also leave you breathless. Tomorrow I will talk more in depth about the results of my biopsy and the next steps for my treatment, but tonight I am compelled to focus on the love.
In the last 24 hours, I’ve had countless friends, family members, and even kind-hearted strangers offer me love, support, prayers, resources, and more inspiration than I can put into words. This incredible outpouring from my local and online community, as well as my extended family has been incredible.
My support system has, in some cases literally, held me up since the biopsy and the waiting game began. Messages with reminders to eat and rest, Bible verses, phone calls, so many texts, actual IN REAL LIFE VISITS, dinners, offers of free babysitting and so much more have been my life blood since this crazy journey began.
The company I work for, FeedBlitz, has been incredible through all of this, offering support in multitude of ways I will forever be grateful for and my community has done everything from research treatment options and facilities to creating a Cafe Press store filled with Kick Ass merchandise for kicking cancer out and setting up a YouCaring page to help us raise funds to cover the medical costs(you don’t have to donate, I just want you to see how awesome they are).
Just last weekend, two of my best friends from Northern Ohio, Nikki and Heather, drove down to keep me distracted and while they were here, Heather took some family photos out at the winery. The photo in this post is from this shoot and is one I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Because of these amazing people, I feel stronger. I am certain this will be a very long road, I’m pragmatic about the trials I’ll be facing, but I am going to kick cancer’s ass. And they’re going to be with me the whole way.
To my community, all of you, thank you. Those two words will never be enough. No words could be enough. I promise not to give up. I promise to use my story to bring awareness to this cause, to early detection, and to the strength we all have inside. I will be eternally grateful for you all forever.
Tomorrow we talk, tonight I am basking in the glow on my “Framily” (Thanks, Sprint.)
**There is a link to the fundraising page and the cafe press store within the image on this site. All proceeds go to helping our family pay our medical bills.**See y'all later!