Today my lovely friend Sandy drove over to see me. We had hoped to catch up together over the Christmas holidays, but with her trip away, school holiday activities, her visitors, our visitors and my treatments we didn't get a chance to see each other.
But, today she took the time to drive out and spend a couple of hours being with me and supporting me. She also bought me a beautiful bunch of Proteas (flowers from my native South Africa) and found in Australia. Her thoughtfulness and love and offers of help, makes times like this so much easier.
My Matthew made us tea, cut up the cake and served us well. He also spent the morning doing chores; including the washing, watering the pot-plants for his Dad and trimming Bella who was in such a need of grooming. It took him well over 2 hours, but he patiently used the clippers and scissors on her, so she is now clean and pretty again. He also took the time to trim Max's face hair and give Greyson his medication.
My Mom has also been here, just as she always is - she took Sarah to school, picked up morning tea from the bakery, fetched Elizabeth from the train-station because she is early and fetched Sarah.
I know that without these wonderful people in my life, the burden of these months would be impossible to cope with.
This week, I will be undergoing my chemo-treatment, despite the gout. My oncologist doesn't want to delay. So I guess, it will be another round of just tucking that chin in, holding my head high and going through the days.
Friends and family are keeping me going and internet/email/facebook friends are making it special. Thank you all - your place in my life is what keeps me strong.