Alison picked me up Sunday at 5 pm to head to her aunt and uncle’s house in Milton where we will be staying while my stem cells are harvested this week.
We were driving along I-95 North, eating Fritos (best road trip food – and as I just learned yesterday, a pure food, just 3 ingredients: corn, oil and salt, lots of salt – who knew!?!) and chatting away. And I get one of my many hot flashes (oh to have cancer and be peri menopausal – good times)., so I take off my buff and whine a little about how hot I am and we keep on driving.
A while later we’re in the left lane and I notice that a red pickup is next to us on the right, a young male driver, late twenties probably, dark hair, and he’s asking me to roll down my window. And I think “Crap, there must be something wrong with the car.” And then he yells to me, with a smile and a big ‘thumbs up’, “I’m a survivor! Bless you!”, and he drives off with his kayak in the bed of his truck.
Alison and I both cried.
I am held up by so much love and support, and it comes from so many places and in so many different forms.
This week alone:
- Cards of love and encouragement in the mail
- A fun game from my aunt and uncle arrived, something for fun while I recuperate
- A “Dr. Bernie Siegel gift bag” from friends at work with one of his books, an audio CD and. DVD and a beautiful card
- A thumb drive filled with comedy routines from my brother
- This YouTube video from a friend that really hit home http://youtu.be/ISET9kt5wfE
- Tom Brokaw’s new book
- Scot indulging my every food out whim I have as I get closer to my confinement
- Alison’s aunt and uncle putting us up for what could be anywhere from 2-4 nights
- And of course the calls, texts and loving offers to do something, anything for me (I am sure I will eventually take everyone up on all of the offers!!)
Sleep has been a little tougher to get these last few days. I looked up and blamed it on the first light being at 4 am and all the birds around our house. But this morning I beat that, up since 3:40 am. Well, I had to get up at 5:00 anyway to be at Dana Farber for the double lumen Hickman line placement at 6:30. And then it’s a full day of apheresis at the Kraft Blood Center in the Jimmy Fund Building.
I’ll have plenty of time to nap.