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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Right Place, Right Time

I happened to be at my local pharmacy yesterday, a bit pressed for time to get to Chattanooga for daughter's doctor appointment.  I left something in my truck so I had to run outside to retrieve.  While out there I noticed someone in the car next to me taking my picture.  Now I know I am great looking (kidding) and am on defense most of the time because of the respirator.  Well this time, I turned to face my foe, ready with an explanation.  To my surprise it was a beautiful young woman. Before I could say anything she asked why the mask, as many often do so I explained.  She then told me why she asked 'why'.  She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.  This beautiful, full of life newlywed is now faced with chemo, radiation, and surgery.  It seemed   The interesting part is that I went through the same thing 20 years ago.  Young, newlywed facing cervical cancer  and endometriosis. Luckily, all cancer was removed with surgery but I lost the ability to have a baby with my new husband.  It was a sad, dark time.  It took time, a long time, but my life mended and we moved on.  I think I was there yesterday because this beautiful lady needed a verbal hug and to let her know her life would not end here.  As a matter of fact it can start by being a poster child for the cancer and to be there to encourage others when you are able.  It also teaches you to allow others to help you through this troubling time.  By allowing other to help you - you have helped them feel valuable again.

The moral of this story is one you see in memes everyday.  Everyone is fighting some kind of battle whether you see it or not.   Count your blessings, one by one.  Write one blessing down everyday.  EVERYDAY!

Slow down and smell the roses.  You never know when you will be in the right place at the right time, for somebody.