When I was first diagnosed in January, the thought of cutting my grass or cleaning my home or having someone sit with me as I went through chemotherapy or having someone stay with me when I came home from the treatment or having someone prepare me a meal or having someone helping me monetarily or just having someone listen was the last thing on my mind. I never thought I would be in a situation where I needed people so desperately.
I was always the person that would say "If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to ask." Although I meant what I said (as I'm sure the many, many that have said the same to me), I had no idea that the average person, like myself, would never ask for what they so desperately needed. I am so blessed by the help that I have received from so many since this journey began and the greatest help always came unsolicited.
My parents sit with me during the 8 hour infusion of chemotherapy. My dear friends are always taking me out to keep my mind off the inevitable. I had dear friends travel a long distance just to visit. My neighbor cuts my grass. My fellow teachers from school collected a great deal of money to help me with the medical bills that were piling up. Dear friends close and far have listened to me as I needed to vent. I received the Reformation Study Bible from a friend in Ireland. I received a Celine Dion autographed picture (If you know me at all you would know how cool I think that is). I could go on and on about how so many have stepped up and did without asking. There is so much so many have done as I have been on this journey that I can only repay their kindness and generosity by paying it forward.
Just remember, next time a loved one is in a situation where help is needed, they, like me, will probably never ask for it. Just step up and do whatever you think is necessary. That my friends is a lesson that I have learned and will apply as I go forward with my life.