Love is being gentle hearted.
Let’s talk about my friend Cherylina. We met years ago through Zumba. We friended each other via Facebook and chatted all the time. We did a Zumbathon together. We drank waaaay too much wine together. We laughed and prayed and listened to each other.
She knew something was wrong. I am not sure other than woman’s intuition but she knew. She called me out on it. I told her about the cancer.
A week before my surgery I had to have a ‘pre’ surgery. It was a surgery that involved blue dye being pumped through my lymph nodes. I was told that the medicine would turn my urine blue too. When I shared this with my group she created a cute picture for her Facebook profile
All of my friends changed their profile picture to this cute little blue smurfette and pink sock that said ‘be strong’!! I knew looking online my friends where there for me. PS I did pee blue.
When I had my “big” surgery last January one of the many things I struggled with was my hair. Funny how my hair has come into play through all of this. Anyway, I was stuck in bed with 5 octopus drains. It was uncomfortable and tiring. The worst part was I couldn’t wash my hair.
Cherylina came over to check on me and visit. When she came over she took the time to sponge bathe me. She scrubbed me down hair and all. It was humbling for me. She cares for her Uncle who had to be taken care of almost like a small child. She said it was no big deal. It was a BIG deal to me. It made me feel freshened up and clean. It was personal, I was vulnerable, she was gentle. Gentle Hearted.
Many days during my recovery she would facetime with me to keep me company. She would share her struggles as an instructor, how doors were opening for her to move on, and how scared and excited she was about it. I was impressed, excited, rejoicing and a bit envious of all of it. She is so inspiring and strong and courageous.
I don’t know where I would be without those chats. I don’t know where I would be without her friendship.
Love is being gentle hearted. Love is my friend Cherylina.