Wednesday, March 29, 2017

With A Lot of Help From my Friends

A week ago last Tuesday, my friends showered me with love, words of encouragement,  prayers, and surprise gifts. Their generosity and thoughtfulness brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of the Beatle's melody, "I'll get by with a little help my friends," but for me it has been a lot of help from my friends!

When my sister Kathleen and I pulled into the parking lot of the Rendezvous Café I commented that Jack's truck wasn't there and said I hoped he wasn't sick. Jack is always at critique group, so I guess I should've known something was amiss.


Inside the restaurant, I got welcoming hugs from our always-smiling server, Kim, and fantastic cook, Sharon, who came out of the kitchen to greet me. Stephanie, the owner of Rendezvous, also gave me a welcoming hug. I was brought to tears at their moving gestures. But it couldn't compare with what awaited me when I entered our meeting room.
Kathleen, Linda, Pat, Lynn, Alice,
Donna, Tricia, Sarah, Jane, and Marcia
The back room of the Rendezvous Café was decorated with pink balloons and gifts, and many were dressed in pink. (I wore blue). The cake with the light pink breast cancer logo was lovely -- and delicious.



A little birdie later on told me Alice was the ringleader, with help from my sister Kathleen, who drove me to Rendezvous Café. And several others helped Alice plan the party.

Kathleen, Pat, Kim, Alice,
Donna, Jane, Tricia, and Marcia
I shed tears of joy when I saw the women gathered there. Besides our usual critique group ladies (Alice, Pat, Jane, Sarah, and Marcia), Linda, Tricia, and Lynn were there! I was told the guys were banished for the day. ;)

Others who couldn't come but sent gifts and/or cards were Berta, Sioux, Barbara, and Mary. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning opening the many thoughtful cards and presents.

Words can't express the gratitude in my heart for the kind gestures, generous gifts, and works of encouragement and support my friends have shown me throughout my breast cancer journey.

Without a doubt, I know that I'll get by with (more than) a little help from my friends! 

18 comments:

  1. With friends like that, Donna, you can do anything! :)

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    1. That's true, Madeline. My friends and family are amazing!

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  2. Donna no one deserves the love and support more than you do. You patiently share your writing talent and knowledge with beginners and seasoned writers as well. Plus you are a kind and loyal friend to all who have the opportunity to cross your path. You are a true survivor. Soon you will be on the other side of treatments and showering others with love and support!

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    1. Alice,
      You have been my guardian angel through this. You are a survivor, and I know I will be one too.

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  3. Oh I enjoyed seeing you and friends!!! My friends did something similar. I broke down and sobbed with emotion. Thanks for putting up pictures.

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    1. Hi Claudia,
      I hope you are doing well. Friends are supportive at times like these. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and I'm continuing to pray for your recovery.

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  4. You've got a good gang backing you! Kudos to them for pulling off the surprise party.

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    1. Hi Val,
      You're right. You know most of the good gang there. They are amazing!

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  5. Donna--

    You have a whole posse of writer friends because of the wonderful friend you are.

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  6. How heartwarming to learn about your wonderful support group of friends and family. My heart gave a little leap of gladness when I saw your post this morning. You are such a good part of what is best in the world, Donna. Continuing to keep you in my prayers. (((Hugs))) for healing.

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    1. Thanks, Clara. Having good friends is making my scary journey not so frightening.

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  7. What a wonderful surprise, Donna. And you're right, friends are priceless. They'll help us through all the challenges we face during our lives.

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    1. Hi Patricia,
      Good friends are special blessings and treasures.

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  8. It was a pleasure to shower you with love. You are one of the most authentic, inspirational people I know. You are in my prayers.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. It is always good to see you. I know you weren't feeling well yourself that day, so it made it extra special that you were able to make it. And thanks always for your prayers.

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  9. What a fun day! You have the most amazing spirit, and I feel very privileged to call you a friend. Love you!

    Pat
    www.patwahler.com

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  10. Sending more love and hope you're doing well.

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