Fighting Back Fear, Helping Friends

Vanessa Collins Health Guide
  • One of my best friends was diagnosed with MS last year.  She has had some struggles, but is finally getting into a medication routine that appears to be working for her.  She is my age, as in 50 something. Closer to 60, in my case! LOL


    One of my older friends, a breast cancer survivor, just had another lump removed from her breast, and it is benign.  That was a big scare. So thankful for the good news.


    I have a relatively new friendship with a woman at church who is an RCIA sponser. ( My husband and I teach the RCIA class)  This woman is 40 something, has a 16 year old girl and an older daughter who just graduated college. Her husband has had a rough time with employement the last two years, but seems to be okay now.

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    She told me this morning that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and it is in the ducts. we go on this journey.  I am determined to be there for this woman. I told her today we will take one day at a time and we will fight this tumor. She has a postive attitude, and I want to help her as much as I can.


    I was thinking of sending cards now and then, checking in with her on her via the phone, offering to take a day off work and drive her to a doctor's appointment if she has a need for that. Any other ideas?


    When you really start looking around, you will see a lot of people w/challenging health issues. I was always aware of this, but I am more so now.  It makes me appreciative for every day and every moment.  I don't want to waste my moments on unworthy things like fear or anger or hoplessness. I want to use my energy for good.  I want to help my friend. I want to always be grateful for the blessings in my life.






Published On: February 13, 2011