Having cancer is teaching me a lot, including how much love is in people's hearts that they want to share with you and your family.
I was sharing with my family recently, that I know we all want to do things for others in their times of need…I get it as I am a doer myself. Yet, what I am learning being on the other side is that simply being there for us - even in your thoughts and prayers - is enough. I know if I was in your shoes it may not feel like enough - but I want to let you know that for us it really is.
If you have the urge to do something, please know there are many needs out there in our homes and community that still need to be met - doing something to help meet those needs is truly a gift to us. I have received so many notes sharing the acts of love you have done in honor of our family which have been fuel in our tank. Here are a few:
- one of my friend's daughter wrote to me sharing that a friend of hers broke her arm and needed to stay in for recess to finish her work. Her friend asked her to stay in for recess and help her with her work. She shared her initial reaction was that she wanted to go out to recess to play but then realized that being there to help her friend do her work was more important. (doesn't that just make your heart smile?!)
- a friend had taking her mother to her chemo treatment and realized that so many people are there by themselves for their treatments. She walked around and spoke with those people and offered to go to the cafe and bring them back whatever they needed. (again - how amazing is it how she touched those people's lives that day?!)
- a friend chose to read A Place for Sam to her daughter's class for her birthday and had them each write to me explaining what the book meant to them…and their responses are just so precious! I shared with my friend's daughter how on her birthday she actually gave me a gift - how selfless is that?!
I could share more but I think you get the picture. Knowing that the love in your heart needs to give - just because it isn't towards us personally - hearing about those acts of love and how you are spreading love within our homes, schools, and communities is a blessing to us.
So while we continue to wait to learn the date of my surgery, please know we are doing well. And if you have the need to do something to express the love in your hearts to us - of course we won't turn away the love - but also know helping others in need is a blessing to us as well.
Being able to share these stories we receive with our three children is teaching them in this process; that others are sharing the love in their hearts with others because they love us so much - and that my friends is a gift Stephen and I will treasure always.
With love, gratitude, and hope,