Updated: Jun 2, 2019
I go through life being as kind as possible to everyone I meet and mostly not taking myself very seriously. Sometimes, I feel a bit like the character ELF, who never had to grow up because he was raised by elves at the North Pole. (We will talk about my upbringing at a different time as that is an interesting book all of its own!) As I was making my way through my life meeting people either while being a mom, going to college, or during my 19 years of teaching, I must have done something right. During those years I gained people that are not just friends they are truly family. After my diagnosis, I had started to tell a few of my friends and seemed to be spending a lot of my time texting updates and after about a week I found this was becoming overwhelming. I weighed the options of keeping my battle private or bringing it all out in public through social media. Considering I was starting to forget who I had told what and wanted to keep my lies straight, I decided to make a private Facebook account to update my friends and family during my journey. I wasn't really lying but clearly I was much more dramatic when talking to my mother:) Shockingly, when I came out of the cancer closet there ALL of my friends were and they were ready to help me win this battle. They became my #SusanStrong family and I don't think there is actually a word in the English language that covers the level of gratitude that my family will always feel. I received so many gifts, gift cards, cash, flowers and plants almost everyday something was left on my porch. But the most moving gift of all came in the form of my friends donated personal days to the School District's sick bank. As a result of their amazing donations, I was fully paid for 6 months to stay home and win this battle. Honestly, someone should start a 24 hour good news channel as every one of my friends should be in the spotlight.
“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” – Alfred North Whitehead
To be continued...