"I believe in angels, the kind that heaven sends, I am surrounded by angels, but I call them family and friends."
The day is Monday, December 6th, I had an appointment with Dr. Ellis to have some blood tests taken. This is the first blood test I've had since starting chemo. I was guessing my blood counts would be low, but I really had no idea what to expect. Just as I thought, they were low. Dr. Ellis wasn't alarmed and said they were just as she expected them to be. Besides just feeling the effects of the chemo, I really haven't been sick. She gave me an antibiotic to start to get my blood counts back up to be ready for the next round of chemo the following week.
After my doctors appointment that day we had made plans to go over to my parents house for dinner. They invited us the previous day. We often go to my parents for dinner, so I just assumed this was dinner like any other time. When the girls and I arrived, my brother Josh, and his fiance Janette, were there also. I wasn't expecting anyone else to be over and was happy to see them. Eric was on his way. A short while later Jan showed up. This was surprising, but not completely out of the ordinary as he is still close to my family. My first thought was this must be a "surprise" dinner for me. Maybe they thought I needed a little "pick me up" or something. We visited for awhile and then Jan asked me to come into the kitchen to talk for a minute. While in there he handed me a box of tissue and told me he had something to show me. He put in a DVD of a slideshow. It didn't take me long to figure out what was going on. The DVD was of a fundraiser that Jan, my friends and family had in my honor. I had no idea any of this had gone on. I was completely overwhelmed with emotion seeing all the faces of my very best friends, family, friends of friends and people I had not seen in years all come together for me. I have felt love by so many people since my diagnosis, but nothing that compared to what I saw on that slideshow. I'm not sure if I stopped crying that whole night. I still cry when I watch the DVD or think of the love and hard work that went into planning that night. I arguably have the best family and friends around.
A special thanks to Jan for making this happen! It means the world to me that you would do this for me! Thank you to all my very best girlfriends who helped coordinate and work this event.
I also want to thank everyone who was able to attend the fundraiser and of course all of the people who made donations. You all fill my heart with love and strength.
I've attached the slideshow. I hope you enjoy!