Well, okay, not really. But I did have uterine cancer. Unexpected and unfun. But thanks to modern medicine and the fact that I no longer need my uterus it looks like I'm going to be fine. After some preventive chemo therapy where we will make sure no nasty cells are roaming around loose. Funny how during something like this a girl finds so much to be thankful for. Of course, the top thing would be family. My husband has been my hero, watching over me and going to all my appointments with me, standing guard over me in the hospital. What a great guy! And my family has been there for me, too. God bless my sis-in-law Karen, who made a long drive down the freeway on a rainy day to come see me.
And my friends. Oh, my gosh, when it comes to friends I'm the richest woman in the world. My pal Jill came out to watch over me my first day home from the hospital so Gerhardt could teach his college English class. My pal Karol brought over a gift basket. Roger and Elizabeth came over with a "chemo starter kit" containing everything from scarves to lotion. My buddy Faith (who lives up to her name) gave me a great book titled "You'll Get Through This" - I highly recommend it to anyone going through a difficult time! My agent and editors all sent flowers and goodies. My buddy Kathy vacuumed for me and pals Theresia and Kimberly came out right after surgery also and made pesto for me so the basil in my garden wouldn't go unused. And buddy Kimberly had a girl party for me to cheer me up right after we got the bad news. Kathleen and my friend Diane came to see me in the hospital and Donna, my friend since high school sent flowers and joked about my "tummy tuck". My community of writing buddies was amazing. Marie Bostwick had chocolate chip cookies delivered, Debbie Macomber knit me a prayer shawl which I will proudly wear, my writing group (Susan Wiggs, Anjali Banerjee, Lois Dyer, Elsa Watson, and Kate Breslin) hired a gardener to whip my yard into shape. Extravagant! Doctor-writer Carol Cassella has kept tabs on me to make sure I'm doing okay and children's book genius Suzanne Selfors has checked in several times. So has Alexa Darin. Today I got home from having my port installed to find flowers on my porch from my old friend Lisa and our buddies Casey and Vera.
Okay, this is beginning to read like an acknowledgement page in a book and you've probably fallen asleep by now. So I'll stop. But I'll never stop being grateful to all the people who have been praying for me and have sent cards and flowers and generally made me feel loved. Thanks to the wonderful readers who have become friends and to my great street team. I think that, like George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life" I'm the richest gal in town!