How do you think your family and friends would step up in a time of crisis? What would they do? How would they do it?
You'll never really know (and let's hope the majority of you will never need to find out) until it happens!
I happen to think I have one of the most efficient and caring support groups around!
My sister and her husband (both retired) have dropped everything and moved into our guest room. With help from their younguns to wrangle the cats left at home they have been able to to just move in and take over!
Who has a brother-in-law that does all the laundry (unmentionables included) and never even bats as eye as he washes, dries, folds and puts them away? Of course I've had this same brother-in-law for the past 43 years but I still think it's pretty manly of him to take over.
What sister, after getting over a broken hip herself will jump up and down to refill tea cups at the drop of a hat?
This isn't the only family take-over by far. When one sister has a doctor's appointment another sister and her husband take their holiday and step right up to the plate!
When the brother-in-law has business that has to be taken care of, two other sisters convince their bosses they need to take vacation to come to Houston to 'visit'.
Now my younguns are in on the action. My eldest was able to rearrange her schedule (a long distance truck driver) to spend a few days at the end of July for a visit. My next daughter in line will be here the last week of August while my sister has other obligations to take care of. My son informed me he will be here the last weekend of Sept to visit. Sounds like they are spreading out visits to keep Mom looking forward to something?
Even my older brother is in on the rotation. He was here just last week for a visit, bringing goodies and lots of hugs and kisses.
I know it sounds sappy, but i don't think I would have made it this far without the support I've already gotten.
This doesn't even count the friends who come by with frozen meals, words of encouragement, soft hats to keep my bald head from sunburning and just letting me know they are there!
It also doesn't even count the endless cards and prayers and positive thoughts from friends and family from around the world.
If/when I do win the war against this tumor it will be as much from everything done by friends and family as it is by the medical community.
A big thanks to ALL who are there for me!
I can't forget my biggest supporter, either. My hubby Kevin has been there through thick and thin, keeping my bald head warm at night, running up and down stairs to get me a snack or a pain pill or just lay down beside me to rub my back when it hurts. Sometimes not getting a lot of sleep himself because I've tossed and turned throughout the night.
I've tried to remember everyone but know that there is probably someone I've failed to mention. If so, I'll catch you on the flip side!