Special Thanks, and a Request…Posted: March 8, 2013
In the last eight weeks, I have been so thankful for all of my friends. All of you. My “in real life friends,” and my “friends in the computer” have all been so wonderful to me.
Just having amazing people behind me every step of the way has been a major part of what has gotten me through some of the toughest days.
I know that so many of us, unfortunately, have had to deal with this disease either in yourselves or in a close loved one or another family member. All of your ideas, best practices, and helpful hints have been used to hopefully help my Mom during this time. Some of the suggestions so far have been huge. Just to even be somewhat prepared for things that come up that the doctors or nurses maybe haven’t mentioned.
Jen wrote this post just a few days after my Mom was diagnosed. I read it with tears streaming down my face, just knowing that she was out there thinking of me, my family, and my Mom was huge. Knowing that she has been in this position with her own mother, was so helpful to me. She knows how awful all of this is, she knows how hard it all is, she is a shoulder to cry on even if it is a virtual shoulder.
Yesterday, my Mom had the haircut. Her hairdresser left some of her hair, but for the most part it is gone. My sister said that she was doing pretty well with it all yesterday afternoon. By the time that she got home, not so much. She tried on some of the hats we have bought. She said they all remind her of how my Aunt looked when she was sick. She said she can’t wear hats. They don’t look right on her, but her head is cold, the wig feels too tight, I don’t know what to do. Later I am going to go over and try to show her some ways to tie the scarves, hopefully this will make a difference. I think it is more the absence of her hair that is making the hats look funny to her. Yesterday, I was worried while I was at work and she was out getting this done. Then I clicked through and saw this post by Charlotte. In Scotland, six hours away. A friend via blogging, a foster/adopt Momma, far away, Atlantic Ocean between us. Charlotte has been another cheerleader in my corner. A precious photo of her, her beautiful girls, AJ and Bart, all wearing hats in honor of my Mom. I teared up. I have gone back and looked at the photo and the post probably a dozen times. (Sorry for screwing up your stats, Charlotte.)
Two friends, of many, scattered all over the world who are in my corner.
You are all just amazing. With each text, tweet, email, FB chat, my moods are lifted. I seriously could not have gotten to where I am with any shred of sanity without all of you.
So, the request. I am wanting to flood my Mom’s email on her next long chemo day. She won’t check her email until she is home later that day. The next long chemo day is March 20th. I am going to provide her email address to anyone I communicate with on a regular basis, and/or regular readers. I am going to hack into her Facebook account and email her friends to do the same thing. My sister and I are going to send a mass email out to our Facebook friends to ask them to do the same thing.
My hope is to show her all of the people who are thinking about her. All of those who have been praying, well wishing, sending good juju, vibes, thoughts and prayers.
My only request would be to please not mention my blog, or twitter. Just state that you are friends with me, and then do your own message and/or ecard to her.
Can I get your help? Send me a comment if you are willing, and I’ll email you her email address.