Today I'm sharing a card that you may have seen previously but I felt
it was rather fitting for today's post.
I wanted to say a few (or not so few!) words about the last six months.
Illness invaded my little family like a bulldozer, it dug deep and turned all our lives upside down.
You never imagine it could happen, how you will react or feel.
I'm surprised and amazed by all our reactions.
Elliott is so brave, for a child that used to panic and fret over small things,
he is dealing with his illness with maturity, strength and outstanding courage.
Mitchell has taken on the role of 'man of the house' and is becoming very practical.
Myself - I have to be busy. I have thrown myself into projects and fundraising.
I lock out negativity, I say our home is a "tumour free zone"!
I would be lying if I said it were that easy - any parent will understand.
Your child is precious, you want to take away the pain,
you would trade places with them in a heartbeat.
There are days that I cry and I panic that I will never stop - I tell myself to
keep breathing and that I have to be strong.
How do I do this?
How do I do this?
I look to my friends, I write a blog post and all you wonderful people leave comments.
I receive messages through Facebook, emails and more. People I have never
met take time out of their lives to make contact and I think that is incredible.
My fellow Design Team members who live zillions of miles away keep in
touch - time zones and distance never factors in their kindness and concern.
Close to home I am thankful to those friends who I grab a coffee with, meet for lunch,
those that send messages just to see how things are going.
But a word about friends...sadly it takes something like this to prove who your friends
really are - a long friendship does not always equal a loyal friendship.
I never knew that until now, a revelation that shook me to my core.
Today I want to shout to you all - appreciate your friends!
I've decided to make it "Cherish Your Friends Day".
I certainly cherish you all - without you my tears would never stop.
I am beyond grateful.