Friday, September 11, 2009

An Anniversary

Today holds memories for so many of us. In addition to what you’d expect however, I am very grateful for the day. Why? Because my friend, Lisa is now 9 years cancer free. And the world is a better place for her being in it.

Lisa is a survivor in the best sense of the word. Throughout her ordeal, her spirit never waivered. She decided right on day one, yes, I was there when she got the call from her doctor, that she would beat it and she did, gloriously. She was determined to remain positive and she accomplished that like no one else I know.

Her sense of humor remained in tact. So much so that she bolstered others as they learned of what she was going through. Most anyone else would have been annoyed by the endless questions I asked her every step of the way but not Lisa. Some, we laughed over as intended. Some, she answered herself and some, she took along to her next appointment because they were things she wanted to know about too and hadn’t asked yet.

Lisa’s got the biggest heart imaginable. She’s the kind of person who helps anyone who needs it if she can. Even though we don’t see each other as often as we used to I know I could still call her any time day or night and she’d come to my rescue.

So today and every day, be thankful for your friends. Let them know how grateful you are that they are a part of your life. Also, don’t mourn for those who were lost. Honor them by celebrating their lives instead. Isn’t that what you’d prefer people do for you?

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