So you know how I mentioned that I might be writing about friends' stories? Well, yesterday I found an old classmate on Facebook and added her. By this morning she'd added me back so I proceeded to creep her profile and I found her blog (I now follow it in case you are curious to read it for yourself). Needless to say I spent most of my morning reading it and all I can say is, "WOW!"
This girl - woman now, like me - has two young girls, a husband who seems to be a pretty impeccable guy, and she just finished treatment for stage 3 breast cancer! After reading her horror stories about chemo and the terrible side-effects she had, the happy stories of her eldest doing her makeup, her husband's 30th birthday, I just don't know what to say. I am so incredibly amazed and in awe of what a person can go through and still come out strong and positive and genuinely happy.
I haven't even had the chance to e-mail her yet or to comment on her wall, but Justine, if you're reading this...I've always believed you to be a pretty incredible person and this just did it for me. You are an amazing person, mother, wife, daughter, friend and I truly admire you for going what you went through, being broken and battered but still coming out of it with the courage to live your life no matter what. I'm sure your daughters will always look up to you, your husband will cherish you, and your friends - old and new - will be proud to say they know you.
Cheers to you and a life full of joy and good health!