Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
|Just a little bump, probably the onion rings|
I have always appreciated having good health. As a matter of fact I always made a point of telling Heavenly Father how much I appreciated my health in hopes that He wouldn't feel the need to take it from me. Well, that trick doesn't work. This week, feeling better, has truly made me appreciate how good it feels to feel good. I'm not looking forward to the next round of chemo starting Wednesday, but it helps to know that after a few dark days that I will have days when I feel well.
We are leaving for Mayo Clinic on Monday. We have appointments all day Tuesday and then we will be flying home Tuesday night. I am excited. One of my appointments is with physical therapy. They have some electrical methods of accelerating nerve recovery. They call it "facial animation." Usually that is what happens to my face when JoLynne walks in the room.
I love visiting with cancer survivors. Some dear friends came to the open house. I remember feeling my heart go out to my friend while his wife suffered through cancer. On Friday I looked at her with her beautiful hair and a smile that spoke volumes about her courage. I have to admit I ran my fingers through her hair just for the joy of seeing her so normal. It makes me think, "I am going to get there."
I have been so grateful for countless acts of kindness. I could never name all the people who have reached out to us with helping hands. This last week, a friend came by while I was taking care of patients. We have been friends for many years. He somehow knows my situation better than some. Anyway, he was so kind and caring. He offered some help that was deeply meaningful to me. I couldn't stop crying after he left. I think I cried for two hours. He isn't alone of course. Every time I turn around someone is lifting and helping. I've notice that since my diagnosis I never have anything in my inbox at the stake center. Last night I confronted the other counselor and said "Why is there never anything in my inbox anymore?" He just smiled and said, "Eric, we are going to get through this thing together" People are so good and I am so grateful.