I’ve always been a believer in the saying you’re only as good as those that surround you – which is why I surround myself with amazing people :). I’ve always had a great support system of friends and family. My support from my loved ones was reinforced last year when I started my PR company, but my cancer diagnosis proved it 100 times more. No one fights alone – and today’s post is one that is really important for me. It is for those who help me fight everyday and spread the #TEALPOWER.
When I started telling my friends and family about my diagnosis everyone instantly was asking how they could help – sending care packages, flowers… lots of flowers :), baked goods, magazines, etc. My birthday was at the beginning of December and Tyler threw me a party. We bribed my friends and family with the promise of some of our delish eats, but over 30 of my nearest and dearest trekked out to Burlington on a wintery day to come celebrate with me… it was the BEST day! The “country house” was packed of people from all cross sections of my life – work, theatre, my nieces, my parents, Ty’s friends… everywhere I turned another person that made me smile and meant the world to me. It was like standing in a room and getting a giant group hug from people telling me… you got this!
And then I started this blog. Those same friends and family all bound together to help get the word out because they care about me so much. And then the messages and comments started flowing in. People who I haven’t seen in years but knew on social media, people who I worked with, old teachers, my amazing clients, people I met once, people I didn’t even know – messages of support and love, people sharing their stories and my story. It means the world to me and keeps me strong each day. It’s weird to say I am the luckiest right now – but I am.
My family – you have been so amazing. My parents came home from their winter escape trip to be with me.
My brother has been awesome and always makes me laugh.
And my sister… you are a good big sister – I would be lost without your knowledge of human anatomy, our mutual love for Whole Foods peanut butter chunk cookies (which by the way, don’t taste the same unless we eat them together), and your company through many hard times. I love you all!
And last, but certainly never least… my boyfriend, Tyler. I often say to him, although this is happening to me physically, this is happening to the both of us. I commend all those partners and caregivers who take care of people like me. It often hits them harder than most and I appreciate all those who have reached out and checked up on him through all this. Ty and I were booked and ready to take a trip of a lifetime to the Philippines and Thailand in November. And then this happened. A week before our trip we had to cancel because it was crucial timing to decide and start my treatment. It was heartbreaking for both of us, but Ty didn’t bat an eyelash because it meant saving my life. You have been by my side since day one. You are my best friend. You have seen me in my darkest moments of this disease and held me up. We have been faced with so many questions we never thought we would have to think about, not now. You make everything so much better. One day babe, we’ll go on that trip, and its going to be so much better – cause we’ll have something to celebrate. Heart.