Dwayne and I are overcome with the response from my simple blog post. My intention in writing it was not to receive any handouts, I really wanted to get my family as many prayers as I could, and to just release all of the thoughts and emotions that I had over these short few weeks. Never in a million years did we anticipate such an out pour of love and support. We feel flabbergasted and overwhelmed by all the people who have rallied behind us in this time of need and we could never say thank you enough. Devastating times can really bring out the generosity and goodness in people and we are thankful to have so many good kind hearted people in our lives. The financial support we have so far received is beyond our wildest dreams. Dwayne can take time away from working and we can focus on our family thanks to the relief of the financial burden. The meals and just plain kindness of people has been so heart warming that I feel like I can conquer anything. Each chemotherapy day or tough day I can read each of your inspiring messages and know that I am loved and have a network of support to get me through wherever this journey is meant to go. I hope to spend my time in treatment really embracing my family and creating memories as much as possible.
I have also received messages and phone calls from people I have never met. These people have told me that my story has touched them and they experienced similar battles. If anything can come from my blog, I hope it is the knowledge that cancer affects so many people in so many ways. When I had to make the phone call to my family about my diagnosis, I felt like in a single moment all their lives changed and not just mine. I want to spread awareness about the detection and treatment of cancer, but I also want to be raw and real about my emotional experience. Hopefully, god willing, I will be able to look at this blog in the future and feel inspired by the journey we have gone on. Thank you again to all the people who have sent us their sentiments, donated their time or money, and for all the hugs of pure love. We are forever grateful.