I am so so happy to have my husband home. He’s currently passed out and readjusting to American time, so I decided to take this opportunity to blog. My sister, Sarah, is a photographer and took some amazing photos of his homecoming, so I will wait to make a special blog post about the event once the photos are ready. If you’re interested, you can check out her Facebook page K Photography to see some of her stuff. In the meantime, my mother-in-law snapped this photo on the way back from the airport on Sunday.
In the few days that I’ve been blogging I have received so many encouraging messages from so many people! I’ve loved reconnecting with people I haven’t talked to in ages and some I haven’t met at all. It’s so cool to know I have people on Team Laura from around the country and even a few in other countries.
So many people have sent me messages saying that I have a positive attitude, and that I’m brave and strong. Honestly, I’m fighting this battle because I have to and don’t have a choice! The people I really see as strong, brave, selfless, generous, you name it are all of the people that have been supporting me through this! Many of them have absolutely no obligation to. They have been extremely selfless and gone well above and beyond the call of duty.
My mom and sister for example have been living with me for the past six weeks until Rene came home so I’d have someone around in case emergencies popped up, if I needed a driver to appointments, etc. People have been coming out of the wood work offering to give my family a break if they needed, take me out to get my mind off things, bring me to appointments, etc. My friend Meagan and her entire family (including extended) have pretty much the whole New Orleans archdiocese praying for me. My brother-in-law’s coworkers have asked where they could donate to help with my medical bills (I’ve never even met them), my friend College Station Amy made me a Facebook page to connect with other young adults with cancer, the list goes on. I truly believe the people who make up the support system are the true heroes in this whole cancer thing, and they are so often unsung.
My church made me a prayer shawl and my Bible study group prayed over it. My pastor friend, Amy, said she could actually feel the prayers and it is true!
I went public about my lymphoma diagnosis maybe a few hours before a spouse’s meeting for Rene’s unit, and somehow they had time to make me a giant poster card and buy a beautiful plant for my patio. They also want to get a Team Laura together for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk this fall.
A group of my friends from LSU and I participated in a public relations case study competition called Bateman. We’re all still besties to this day, and I was absolutely stoked when I saw this basket in front of my house the week after my diagnosis. They had special ordered lime green cancer awareness cookies just for me.
The same group of friends also made me an internet sensation over the weekend. My friend Parker created a Facebook cover page for Team Laura that quickly caught on with most of our Mass Comm friends and a few others.
My journalist friend Amy (there’s a lot of Amy’s in my life so I have to qualify them) probably shocked me the most. The day after I told her about my lymphoma she sent me a message that said, “I just did something drastic.” A million things popped into my head. Did she get a tattoo? Quit her job? Shave her head? No. What she did was completely awesome. She signed up for a half-marathon in Philadelphia to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Seriously. That’s 13.1 miles. Of running. That is such an amazing thing to do for someone and I am so proud to call her my friend. If you’re interested in donating or monitoring Amy’s progress you can check out her fundraising page here. Her page went public yesterday and she has already reached 39% of her goal!
These are just a few of the 5 million amazing ways people have supported me. I can literally write a novel on this topic. I feel so incredibly blessed to have a Team Laura.