The good in people

I really didn’t know what to expect when I went public a few months ago. For the longest time I wanted everything to be private. I had a very strict no social media policy. My close friends knew and family knew but I didn’t want this out there in the world. I think I was afraid of being treated differently and being treated as sick. And I’ve never believed that I’m sick. I don’t feel sick. I don’t look sick. Saying the words “I have cancer” was really difficult. And then explaining such a rare cancer was even more difficult. There is something happening to my body and it’s not happening to me. My body and mind are fighting this with every power of its being.

I never could have expected the outpouring of love and support from family to close friends to acquaintances to people I haven’t spoken to in 10+ years. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything. It all means the world to me. Every text, tweet, email, FB message, meal, it all means something.

If you ever want to find the good in humanity this is it. I’m going through something terrible and almost everyone has rallied around me. People say you learn who your real friends are when you go through something like this and that is so true. And it turns out I have so many wonderful friends. It’s a wide net and I still can’t come up with the words to say thank you. Those words don’t seem enough.

I am one day away from this surgery and have never felt so supported.

Thank you.

7 thoughts on “The good in people

  1. We’re all here for you, from DC to Oregon, Wisconsin to Italy. We love you. We are all so lucky to have you as a part of our lives.

  2. Hi Renee. For some reason I had missed your original posts, but I saw this. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you. My friend from high school Dan just past almost two years post appendix cancer diagnosis and treatment. You are not alone and if you want to connect with him, I can try to link you together. Good luck tomorrow, and with the recovery.

  3. Hi Renee. For some reason I missed your post from December, but I saw this today. I want you to know that you are not alone – my friend Dan from high school passed one year post surgery for appendix cancer in August – his was rare and aggressive. If you would like to connect with him, let me know I am sure we can make that happen. Good luck tomorrow – I am thinking of you. Hugs from London.

  4. Renee, We’ll be thinking of you tomorrow, and hoping that you will soon find yourself back home, getting your strength back– Much love to you, Marshall and Bill Clarke

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