Last night Marty and I joined a dear friend, X for dinner. She was hosting a dinner for seven of us, whose main link is our love for her. We are her family, her support group. We have all done most of the following: gone with her to doctor appointments, sat in the waiting room during procedures or surgeries, driven her to radiation treatments, been there for her to talk, been there to help her when she came home from a procedure or surgery. We love her and want to help in any way we can.
X has had many cancers. She has had several surgeries for skin cancer, she has had lung cancer, and she has had breast cancer. Notice I said HAD. She has beat all of these terrible diseases.
Last night was the 5 year celebration for X beating lung cancer. We had champagne and dined royally at her favorite Chinese restaurant. We laughed, we toasted her good health, because she has good health. It was a room of love for a strong woman who does not give up when a terrible disease strikes. She researches doctors and the disease. She learns how to fight the diseases and is smart enough to use the strength of her friends. She is not afraid to ask for help. And she lets us help her.
Marty and I celebrate her life. And look forward to the party in 2 1/2 years for her 5 years free of breast cancer.