As I get older a friendship becomes more valuable and appreciated. Recently I said goodbye to a dear friend, Betty Sue, who had won the challenge of ovarian cancer four years ago, then breast cancer less than a year ago, but succumbed to a massive stroke that left her without the ability to fight anymore.
The purpose of this blog is not to be morbid, but to actually celebrate the beautiful gifts we receive from friendships. Why do we develop a relationship with one person, but not another? Why do some friendships last for many years, while others only a relatively short time? Some friendships flow easily, yet others require more interaction. For me a friend is someone who is always there; a person who is a confidant; is trusting and honest; who freely shares tears and laughter; and with whom I build dreams and memories. A variety of friends are described in my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, and how important they were during that challenging journey.
"Every soul is a unique and beautiful gift from God,"is a phrase on a card I received during my cancer treatment. It describes how I see a friend...a unique and beautiful gift from God. So, Betty Sue, thank you for the friendship we shared and the wonderful memories you have left with me. Your spirit will be with me always.
What roles do friends play in your life? How do you see yourself as a friend? Did your friends change when you were faced with a difficult challenge such as divorce, a death, or serious illness?
- Karen Ingalls
- Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writer's International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.