Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Tough Job

It was only a year ago that I wrote about a good friend of mine who was taking charge by shaving her head before the side effects of chemotherapy took control.  She's battled her cancer with that same kind of attitude ever since.  Debbie has continued to lunch with friends, walk her dog and travel.  She saw the architecture of Chicago, the beauty of Paris and spent a few weekends in New York to take in a show and shop.  She was determined to live her life as usual---and she did.  Unfortunately the cancer inside her had its own plan.

I spent a good part of my day yesterday on the phone with various friends to let them know that Debbie had been admitted to the hospital earlier in the week after collapsing at home.  "She's taken a turn for the worse" was the phrase of the day.

It wasn't easy to be the bearer of bad news, to be the one to let so many know that we were now looking at what seemed to be the beginning of the end.  There were a lot of tears, but there was a whole lotta love too.


  1. The love comes through in the words you chose to describe your friend. My heart aches for you, your friend, and all the lives she has touched. Thank you for sharing this moment with us!

  2. I just cannot imagine the calls you made, but I can see that your love for Debbie enabled you to do something super-human. I'm saying a prayer for your friend Debbie.

  3. So sorry, Mary. What a challenging time for you all. I'll be thinking of you.