Hope showed up on my doorstep yesterday in a hot pink pumpkin with Hope written across the front of it and a sparkly ribbon affixed to it.
Spying it on my doorstep as I scooted out the door on my way to infusion started my day off with a huge smile. Thank you whoever you are for my pink pumpkin of hope!
At the infusion center I was treated to a copy of this book to read:
"no lumps, thank you," Filled with the artistic photography of Meg Speilman Peldo, and uplifting, and humorous stories of breast cancer survivors, I fully delighted in every aspect of the book, recognizing so many of the women quoted throughout the book.
I found it clever, creative, honest, witty and classy. You can read about it here. Proceeds go to support the Embrace Cancer Survivorship program at Sanford Health.
While at infusion, my friend Angie's sweet mom, Laurel called wondering if we'd like dinner. Oh boy would we! We've been treated numerous times to Laurel's baking and cooking. Everything is made from scratch and it always tastes like home and comfort.
Home made rolls... they are already gone this morning...
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and carrots. I ate an entire plate full, before I finally caved and crawled into bed for a nap.
I was glad to have gotten some tasty food in me early yesterday, because my old friend nausea decided to visit last night. Blech.
I just never know if or when side effects will crop up. But when you consider I have done some form of infusion once every three weeks for 18 months straight, its bound to catch up with you at some point.
But despite infusions and cancer and side effects, what remains a constant in my life, is how much you all find ways to show love and support me. The day before we left on our trip I received a package in the mail- from GERMANY.
My dear friend Mimi crocheted this beautiful teal poncho for me! She packaged it with German candies and cookies for the boys. It took months to get here- but I was so excited when it finally arrived.
Thank you Mimi- I am touched beyond words. Mimi and I speak different languages. She does an amazing job of deciphering and communicating in English.
What I have discovered though, is that love needs no translation. Whether its a pink pumpkin on my doorstep, a tasty meal, or a package from Germany- the love shines through always.