So, last Thursday, I got a call from Nikki (catsnotcancer) and she was like, “HEY! Get thee to my place ASAP. Because of all the awesome people, you need to soak in this ambiance and let it flow over you and maybe, one day, you’ll be this awesome.”
Well, what she meant was, “By Monday, you’ll have the zombie plague, just like all of us!” but let me tell you something else… I met The Most Amazing People Ever.
So, Jo was there, as was Tashi, and Lara… and of course, Nikki. And what, you may ask, do these amazing women have in common? Well, they’re all survivors of cancer in some form or another.
Jo is the one that writes amazing things about me because she understands oral cancers ALL too well, Lara and Nikki both had breast cancer and Tashi lost her husband too soon to cancer.
And let me tell you that meeting these women (except Nikki, because I’m graced with her presence whenever I get off my lazy ass and get over there), was so very inspiring.
They smile. They laugh. They tell jokes - inappropriate fantastic jokes! - yes. They get maudlin. And boy, do they know how to pass a plague along (Lara, I’m looking at you).
But, really? They made me feel like it wasn’t just me against the world; these women knew what it was like to just be me. To be tired. To want to talk and not actually be complaining. Just talk. Not everything is a competition and they understood that. Sometimes, it’s just a conversation, sometimes it’s just a being with people who know.
They knew. They knew me.
And I fell in love with their friendship.