Strength of Women
I cannot even begin to tell you about all the cards, e-mails, treats, flowers, etc. that I’ve been showered with since word of my cancer got out.
Messages from people I don’t even know have been pouring in. Complete strangers who have also dealt with breast cancer have been offering a lending “ear” for any questions I may have.
Individuals in my church’s mom’s group organized a prayer meeting, have taken me shopping, stopped by for visits, picked up the kids, made me treats and are constantly checking in on me.
My neighbor across the street, Katie, went into high gear. Not only did she personally offer tons of help for me, she organized the help from everyone else. She sent out an e-mail to our neighborhood list and compiled names, numbers and services people volunteered to do for me. My other neighbor down the street, Anne, then put this all in a spreadsheet for me, so that I knew exactly who to call if I needed help with the kids, errands run, etc. Katie also organized for meals to be delivered at 5:30, hot and ready to be eaten, for the first week after my surgery. I’ve been living the life of luxury, let me tell you! My husband asked if we can continue these meals for a month, as he’s never eaten so well, on a consistent basis.
Our nanny Sara has been at our beck and call, willing to stay for whatever we need her for, even giving up time on the weekend to help care for the kids when needed.
And then of course I can’t forget my mom. As soon as she found out, she immediately told her boss that she had to be out here for me. She’s an office manager, but somehow she’s been able to run the office 1000 miles away, so that she can be a huge help with the kids in the morning and in the evening, carting them to preschool and soccer, giving baths, chasing them down the sidewalk, etc.
I am so blessed, and God has truly placed such amazing, caring, strong women in my path to help me get through this “interesting” time in my life.