Monday, August 23, 2010

A Wing and a Prayer

Awhile back this miraculous thing happened and I never mentioned it. I got an e-mail from a young woman who is fighting this same horrible cancer. Now imagine my surprise because there just aren't that many of us with this cancer, let alone young women. But there Harmony was, and we instantly fell into a friendship and formed a bond that I have no words for. And so Harmony and I talk through e-mail and enjoy each others blog posts. And one day, I hope to get to actually meet my friend, Harmony.

Now lately, I have been having a bit of a hard time. Cancer-wise things are looking pretty stable but for many other small reasons (so many of which can be tied back to cancer) I have been very stressed and been having a lot of anxiety. So I talked with my friend, Harmony, and that always helps. I know that down in Texas there is someone who is in a position so similar to mine that I know she can really sympathize with what I'm going through. I know that down in Texas there is a prayer being lifted up for me.

Then last week a small padded envelope showed up in my mail addressed to me and inside it was this beautiful little angel wing necklace and this note: "I have the same necklace - put this on, remember how strong you are, and trust in God to take care of you. Your body and God are a force to be reckoned with!!" My sweet friend, Harmony, had sent me this thoughtful physical encouragement to remind me that even on the rainiest days, there are friends who are standing in the same downpour that you are and that when it all seems like too much, they are there to lean on and sometime to, literally, bring you a wing and a prayer to help fly you out of your anxieties.

My dear friend, Harmony, I have said it before and I'll say it again now, I wish that you didn't have this horrible cancer, I wish no one did. But since you do have to have it, and so do I, I am so glad that we have found each other. We're going to make it, you and I, and we are going to change the way people look at cholangiocarcinoma!


Amy @ Literacy Launchpad said...

CRYING here!

Perplexio said...

There's nothing quite like having someone out there in similar circumstances that you're in to help you feel less alone. It's a beautiful thing. Sometimes knowing that there are others out there who understand what you're going through can be a therapy unto itself. I'm glad to see you've made such a friend.

Anonymous said...

*le sniff* That warms my heart, truly. I'm SO glad that we've become friends, and know that we make one another stronger. Don't worry, we'll officially meat one of these days, and surely, we have YEARS to be pals. Be fearless, girl - we have way more friends than this stinky cancer does. I'm so proud of you and what you've accomplished!!