I feel overwhelmed today. And, for a change, it is a good thing! I am over-whelmed with appreciation for my community of family and friends. I don’t know where to begin to say thank-you, but I feel compelled to somehow and modestly acknowledge the many people who have stood by me in my fight against cancer. I have not come to this stage alone. I don’t know how anyone could fight cancer alone. I have always felt supported, listened to, and loved. What can I say to acknowledge my appreciation? It feels rather inadequate to write a general thank-you, and there will be more stories coming, but for now, and at the risk of droning on…. here goes.
My family. It has been my immediate family who has adjusted to my moods, extreme cooking, and short hair. I do count on their support daily. Our home is a home where there is much love and kindness. Sometimes there is chaos – but more oft’ than not it is a home where I know it is safe to laugh, cry, and even be upset. To Kevin, Ben, Katya, David, and Grandma – thank you!
My extended family. If I were to begin listing them by name I would certainly run out of ink – screen – type — space? But my family provides me with moral support ranging from up-beat text messages on my phone to comments on this blog to thoughtful gifts to lift my spirit. They include my brother, sisters (extended), brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.
Then there are cousins: from near and far. We have stuck by one another through thick and thin and are proud of our heritage. They call me names (stinky), and make me bets – which I win and for which they don’t pay up (ie. albums), we laugh with one another and clearly we tease one another. I am over-whelmed by their thoughtfulness.
My friends. How did I get to be so lucky on that front? I have known some friends since kindergarten – some from young couple-hood – some from university – some from the beginning of my teaching career – some from the neighbourhood. I have received daily wishes, texts, emails and email letters, prayers, beautiful blankets and chocolates, books, a quilt, hugs, phone calls, home-cooked meals to name a few of the ways my friends have offered me support. Overwhelmed yet?
My Colleagues. What to say about them? I have not been forgotten. I am still included in the loop as they offer me weekly care packages that just keep coming. I am honoured to have worked with such a caring and compassionate crew of people who are so suited for the jobs they do as role models for students.
Fellow bloggers. There are so many amazing people who are a part of my blogging community. I appreciate you all for your struggles, your celebrations, and your daily muses. On nights when I can’t sleep I have my friends in Australia including (Gallivanta), New Zealand (Kiwissoar). There are my stead-fast supporters including The Chatter Master and Pepesapam. And one of the first supporters of my Dad and I, Morning Story and Dilbert. I love your stories. I follow your posts. I count on your commentaries.
If the Emmy for best supporting actor or actress were awarded for support – I would think there would not be enough Emmys to go around! I count on you. I am humbled by you. I thank-you. It takes a community to fight cancer – and I am so grateful to be a part of “this” – my community.