I saw this prompt and a quiet smile crossed my face.
This week has been so abundant in good friends. Love personified crossed my path over and over and over again and now, I have a heart shaped scar to prove it. One of my friends saw my scar last night and said, “Who else would get a scar shaped like a heart but you? It is absolutely perfect!”
I was diagnosed with melanoma two weeks ago.
Last week, it was carefully removed from my face in the very able hands of a surgeon.
With my friends I formed “Team Nora” (the name I gave my melanoma) with each member of the team contributing to both my care but also the care and feeding of my children.
Here is a list of some of the ways they were not only good friends, but exactly what I needed… in no particular order.
- They did my MomSchlep for me. They swooped in to pick up both Emma and Samuel and sometimes provided them after school love-and-care both during my surgery but also after my surgery when I was recovering. Without complaint. This is my least favorite Mom duty and I was so grateful to be able to let it go.
- They fed me. Late on Thursday night, I was cooked a feast of scrambled eggs and brussel sprouts. It was the most delectable meal I had eaten in the past decade. Well, at least in that moment. The primary ingredient? Love. I had homemade soup and challah bread delivered to me. Food Love says so much to an aching body.
- They read me poetry because it was what I wanted.
- They sat with me, quietly, while I slept.
- They read my aftercare instructions and nagged me to stick with them.
- They helped me with wound care.
- They thought of me before anything or anyone else.
- They took me on rides and understood when just driving around town wore me out, much more than I ever imagined.
- Instead of saying “Let me know what I can do for you,” they offered suggestions. When I am sick or having a hard time, half the time I have no idea what I want.
- They sat and waited while I had surgery and talked to the doctor on my behalf. Can you imagine? PLUS they attended and will attend follow up appointments so that I don’t miss anything. Sometimes when you are the patient it is hard to “get” everything. I am usually the advocate. It is beyond words wonderful to have people stand by me in advocacy.
- Distant friends prayed. And added me to prayer lists. They sent good vibes, healing energy and one friend did distance Reiki for me and even though I don’t exactly know what that means, I am grateful to the generous outpouring.
- Love overflowed. Bountifully. And continues to flow. I am blessed by people who are being SUCH good friends!
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