Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Team Teal Tuesday ~ The Serendipity of Friendship

Serendipity: the act of finding something valuable
or delightful when you are not looking for it.
I hope everyone who reads this blog post has had this experience: you’re going about your merry {or troubled} way when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, appears a new friend at just the right time. And you know in an instant that person is going to be a friend for life.
No? Just me?
Ok, well, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will.
I believe that 100%!

Judi and my mom, Marti ~ April 2012
Take my mom and her friend, Judi, for instance. Last December, these ladies met while receiving chemo treatments. In a room full of chemo-chairs, Mom and Judi ended up side-by-side and by the end of the day they were fast friends. Both of these ladies actually looked forward to chemo days because they knew they’d see each other and be able to visit.

Judi completed her chemo treatments {thank Heaven for her remission!} and for a while my mom was receiving chemo treatments every three weeks. On those chemo days, Judi would drive the distance to sit and visit while my mom received her medication {the process can take hours}. I just can’t tell you what a comfort and amazing support that was for my mom on those days to know that Judi would be there for her. And it was comforting for me too, to know that my mom had a sweet friend there to hold her hand, pray with her, and listen as she reminisced about her life before cancer.  
You know how some people are just so much like angels that you wonder how they hide their wings? Judi is one of those people. Not only has she been an amazing friend to my mother, but she has also become a sweet support for me – dare I call her my own friend too? Yes, I do.

So, I could curse cancer {and I do} and be angry at its wicked ways {and I am}, but how wonderful to also recognize the blessings that are hidden. Like the wonderful way that it brought my mom a new friend, and the way it is teaching me so many lessons about cherishing life and letting go.
Oh sure, I’ll always hate cancer,
but I’ll always love that it brought us Judi.

26 comments:

Ruth said...

A wonderful (and honest) post to go with a wonderful photo. xx

traci said...

what beautiful ladies!!!! this is a heartfelt post deb and it is hard to see the good in some situations, but you did it. hugs!!

Lisa-Jane said...

She definitely sounds like the silver lining in the cloud! PS Thanks to your posts I went to the docs this morning and I have to take the blood test but I'm also being tested for hypothyroidism which throws up similar stuff. We shall see. Just wanted to say thanks for the warning signs. xx

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

What a beautiful photo. The way you find something to be grateful for, in every situation, is truly an inspiration xx

Beverly said...

Indeed a beautiful blessing and a blessing that in all this hardness you are able to find the soft and good. You are amazing!

Cheri said...

LOVE this post! So glad that Judi and Marti found each other. {They actually look like they could be sisters - has anyone remarked about that?} Keep your chin up Deb - you are doing great! (Oh - and enjoy that concert with C... cause, yeah, I'm just a little jealous...)

Karen said...

What a beautiful story, and what beautiful ladies! They look like they could be sisters. Keeping you in my prayers. (I see that Cheri also saw the resemblance.)

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a lovely story.
Hugs,
Rinda

Carrie Rosalind said...

Cute post today! I love Judi too and am happy she's part of our family now! <3

JO SOWERBY said...

i truly believe friends are sent with a purpose. i have recently made a new friend who makes me so hard i can cry, he makes he have to stop the car sometimes cos i cant see where im going, we share many tastes the same and he loves my cat............which in my book is next to loving my child. so glad ur mum has an amazing friend. shame ur so far away or else u could come to our blogfriends meetup,
jo xxxx

Sian said...

A wonderful story. They do look like sisters. Sisters in spirit at least by the sounds of it.

Irene said...

There are many angels living on earth with us. Lucky you and your mom to know one named Judi.

Becky said...

A heartfelt post and how lucky to have found such a wonderful friend through such a terrible time for you all. xx

debs14 said...

Every cloud really does have a silver lining. So pleased that your mum has found someone who can help her through this time.

Susan said...

God works in mysterious ways - this we know! Beautiful picture and Judi sounds like a beautiful soul. Keeping you and your Mom close in prayer. xoxo

scrappyjacky said...

A wonderful post,Deb.....and I'm so pleased your mom has made such a wonderful friendship.
I love that photo as well.

Alison said...

What a blessing indeed Deb...and I think it's wonderful that you can still count them through all this
{{hugs}}
Alison xx

furrypig said...

wonderful to read your post today Deb I am glad there can be sunshine in the stormy weather it does give me hope that good things can come out of bad (I doubly curse cancer too and looking forward to finding something good in it for my dad xxx) thinking of u all xxx

alexa said...

What a lovely tribute to a clearly very special person - well, two very special people. No, make that three: let's not forget the writer ... :).

Jimjams said...

Sounds like a truly great friend - life can be cruel, but the right people can truly take the sting out of it!

Your positive attitude to things is an inspiration Deb. Thank you!

Auntie Bliss said...

How very sweet. It probably has some healing things about it too...bringing that peace and comfort instead of stress and anxiety. Wish all cancer patients had a friend like her!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

what a beautiful photo! And what lovely ladies! It sounds like your mom's new friend is a true-blue one. Seeing the blessings in such a terrible situation cannot possibly be easy. It only makes me admire you and your mom more. I hope your friend has many blessings in her life for the wonderful support she has been to your mom. xoxo

Mom said...

xo

Gail said...

What a wonderful post about a very special friendship.

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how lovely to hear of the silver linings. What a blessing Judi is to you all.

Louise said...

awww she certainly sounds like an angel x

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