Daily Archives: January 2, 2013

A little help from my friends

I have the greatest friends. Some old, some new, some whom I know only through this blog or my online support group. Each and every relationship enriches my life; when it comes to friendship, I am a wealthy woman indeed.

In this time of fresh challenges, my friends have played an important supporting role. Knowing that I have at times been overwhelmed, they have helped us make arrangements for additional help when David is traveling. A special friend has set aside some of his Hilton points in case an overnight stay in Boston is necessary. Several days ago I received not one, but two beautiful flower arrangements in the same day from the same friend. “Just a little color to brighten your day!” read the first enclosure. Several hours later some beautiful roses were delivered, with another note enclosed: “A little more color–and hopefully some fragrance too!”

fresh blooms

fresh blooms

A dear friend who is also battling cancer and who has availed herself of alternative treatments sent me a card with a generous check, so that I can explore the same option. Yet another friend made arrangements for me to receive counsel on a matter that was troubling me, and she picked up the tab.

All of the emails, cards, messages, phone calls and comments mean the world to me—thank you for taking the time.

I’ll close with a quote about friendship that sort of says it all. The author is Jon Katz, who has written a lot of books about dogs (and as dogs are man’s best friend, Mr. Katz probably knows a thing or two about friendship):

I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.