Breast Cancer, Life & Parenting

Full Circle and Heartbreak

This week has been beyond heartbreaking. One of my good friends lost her son and her dad this past weekend. There are no words, because no mom, no daughter should ever have to endure that loss.

From the other side of the fence, I now see what my friends went through when they found out I was diagnosed with cancer. I see all of the behind the scenes work they did to protect me without me knowing any of it. How they took care of my family, fed us, loved us, were there for us, wrote to us, listened to us, cried with us, laughed with us and prayed for us. How they put us and our needs first. These friends took me to chemo and sat with me when Jason could not. They loved and cared for our kids. They knitted cozy hats and prayer shawls for me. They kept us distracted at times when we needed it. They knew how not to not intrude. And how to show us love and support beyond anything I have ever seen before.

Our collective hearts are broken as we mourn with you my sweet friend. And I promise you this. We are here for you. We love you all. We will feed you and take care of you and your family. We will be there for you. Not just this week but in the months and years to come. We will listen. We will cry with you and we will make really bad photo-shopped pictures and laugh with you. We will sit with you. We will keep you distracted when you need it. Your needs will come first. Your privacy will come first. We will show you the very same love and support that you so graciously showed us. We are all praying and sending love.

This beautiful little town we live in. Tucked in the side of the mountains. It is not only beautiful to see; it is a beautiful place to live. The wonderful people here come together in beautiful ways that keep making me tear up.

Sometimes silver linings are hard to see. Sometimes you see them in grief. A sweet friend pointed this out to me today and I kept crying out of appreciation. This community, these people in this little town tirelessly took care of us. And now I’m healthy enough to help take care of someone else.

Our collective hearts are broken as we mourn with you. Your pain we cannot take away. Your broken heart we cannot mend. But we will be here, right beside you for wherever each day takes you.

There is overwhelming love in this little town. And for me, there is overwhelming gratitude, as well as a very broken heart tonight.

Love you all so very, very much,
Shannon

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jason See September 22, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    “And now I’m healthy enough to help take care of someone else.”

    That is gold.

  • Reply Jackie wheeler September 22, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Wonderful words…thx for sharing them…you are amazing! Hugs…j

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