Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The crappiest club in the world

I've written before about a friend of mine from highschool who's 2 year old son had cancer. For a while in highschool we had boyfriends who were best friends, and we hung out together quite a lot. And of course, sadly, after highschool we drifted apart. I would hear things about her occasionally from other friends, but we never spoke, and I still haven't seen her in years.

I remember hearing that her son was diagnosed with cancer, keep in mind he is Sienna's age. I was heartbroken. At this time Travis was in remission, but I remembered too well how awful it feels to hear the word 'cancer' about someone you love....and worse about your baby.


One of my best friends is also her cousin, and she told me about Mason's website, and I found her e-mail address and we started e-mailing back and forth. I would read her e-mails and sob. Like a baby. Picturing the hell her family was going through.


And then a few months later Trav's cancer came back, and we cried together via e-mail. I imagined the horror of watching your child go through this, and she imagined watching her husband go through this. I remember e-mailing her saying we are part of a club, a really. really. really. crappy club! I am so happy that we were able to reconnect through cancer. And before I continue, I have to add that Mason is home, and happy and healthy. What a blessing and a miracle for their family-and what a fighter he is!


But today I feel guilty. The reason? I came home yesterday to a surprise on my doorstep. A package from Michelle. Full of fun and uplifting goodies. And it made my day. It helped me remember that we are always being thought of and prayed for, and it just plain old put a smile on my face! What an amazing person she is to think of me, after all she has been through. She found time to do something for me.


I have thought time and time again, that I should send them something wonderful, but I never have. And I don't know how many times I have thought...I should send so and so something, or call someone who I know is having a bad day.


The moral. If she can find the time to do something for me, then anyone can find the time to do something nice. Michelle, if you are reading this, first, thankyou. Not only did it make my day, but it made me want to be more like you! Second, we will get our curly headed kids to play very soon. And third, start a blog. :).


Here is the website for Mason. http://www.teammason.us/. If you read his updates you can see what an amazing family they are!
She sent me this awesome t-shirt, Travis is jealous-so I am ordering him one too. :)-and this beautiful neclace. I wish the picture was better, but is simply says hope on it. Beautiful right?

21 comments:

Hanne and Fam said...

I hope you are feeling better today! It is so nice to have friends who understand what you are going through.

Trisha said...

Thanks to Michelle and you for inspiring me to be better!

Shelly and her boys said...

Michelle, what a sweetie! Thanks for the reminder of what we should be doing.

Courtney McKay said...

What a sweet friend! I think that is what is the most fulfilling and rewarding in life is being there for someone! I am glad she made your day better! Cute Shirt and necklace!!

Matt & Jill said...

How nice. Hmmm I wonder who that boyfriend of hers was?? :) I've heard about her little boy and have seen his website, it makes me so sad. I think of her often.

Kristen said...

You are one of the MOST thoughtful and I'm sure you have touched so many peoples hearts without even knowing it! Just reading your blog is a little gift that I look forward to! Oh & p.s. I made those Oreo cookie things and they were a HIT! Thanks for sharing.

Bre said...

What a wonderful post! You BOTH inspire me so much to be better each day. I think your are just the greatest!

Jessica Davis said...

That was a beautiful post. It's amazing how someone can touch our lives with simple acts of kindness or thoughtfulness and make such a huge impact. I admire your two families strength and courage.

Troy and Cami said...

wow what a sweet girl, i have wanted to email her but never have, im so glad you two have bonded through your trials it's always nice to have someone to talk too who knows your pain. i hope all goes well for the both of you. and hopfully she takes your advice and starts a blog.

Cody & Ashley Godfrey said...

You 2 are BOTH amazing. We still need to get together and let the little ones run wild. Mason is Brex's IDOL you know! Hey, Cherry Hill isn't far from Michelles!

Crazy Nymans said...

Your a good friend no matter what happens. Sometimes we get wrapped up in our own world its hard to get out. I miss the days seeing you at the old kutting edge :)

Melissa said...

Michelle is the sweetest thing ever, I check on her little boy's blog every now and then to check up on him. It makes me cry every time I look at it, because I can't even imagine the emotions she feels as a mother watching her child go through that, and I can't imagine the feelings you feel as a wife watching your husband go through what he has gone through, you are both amazing! And on a side note, totally random, I'm still up for the pool WHENEVER!

Haylee Munk Brown said...

Everyone keeps saying it, but they are right! You are both amazing!!! I wish I was just as good!! Love you both!!

Crazy Nymans said...

Hey - Thanks for posting. Mandy is still doing my hair I just couldn't bring myself to going someplace new after she moved her shop to her house. We are building up in Franklin so not to far. Don't be jealous, I would love to be able to stay at home and be a mama but I can't now. Keep in touch. If you ever want to chat about anything let me know. My sister has gone through all the cancer stuff and it does suck totally, if you ever need a cry session, give me a call :)

Tommy & Brittney said...

Haylee! I miss you so much! I'm so glad you found my blog. Now we can chat. I see we have a lot to catch up on! Did you see I chopped my hair off?! I'll have to put a pic on there of my short hair! I hope everythings going well! You're in my prayers always! Love ya!

Jan said...

Nothing beats good friends like that! It inspires me to try to go out of my way more to do kind things.

Christensen Family said...

I have to say I had heard about you a little for Jakie Walbridge.(ben and my husband are partners.) and also from Tana. now to know Travis is Michelle's brother It is really a small world the best to you and your family. May the Lord continue to bless you guys.
Amanda.

Natelli Johnston said...

You two are both amazing, I really can't imagine what it has been like for either one of you. Freinds are the best.

Amy Johnson said...

I have always sucked at acting on my impressions. I find myself thinking a lot of the time "oh I should send a card to so and so" and I never do. I am now inspired to do better! I might have to order me a t-shirt! I love it! I think our whole family should have the cancer sucks bracelets!

Quinn and Melanie said...

What an awesome and inspiring story!! You both amaze me!! I am glad you both have found someone to share your joys and tears with it. It always means much more to talk to someone who REALLY understands! I feel for both of you guys. It breaks my heart to see you both in such pain. Your strength is AMAZING!! Keep up the great work you two. We all can learn from you both!!

Tasha said...

You two put my trials into perspective. You guys are so positive and upbeat, when I know it has to be difficult. I am so glad you (and Michelle) have shared your stories. Thanks for inspiring me. You are both in my prayers!