The Love of Friends

The first month, I told only ten people.

I didn’t wanted to speculate in lieu of information. I didn’t want to sound hopeful if my situation was bleak. I didn’t want to be morbid if I had no cause. I didn’t want to field questions for which I had no answers.

So I waited.

Until I had test results, doctors’ visits, prognosis, protocol. Until I could say, “This is what I have, this is what will happen.”

Until I could breathe.

Three days ago, I published my blog and emailed more than one hundred people. I posted on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

In three days, I received over fifty emails, thirty comments on my blog, and more messages and posts on Facebook than I can count.

The support and love is overwhelming. I feel arms encircling me from around the world, and a warm corner inside so many hearts. I feel prayers and good wishes.

In my limited waking hours, I answer all of you. Each email, each message, reminds me of how lucky I am.

I am overwhelmed and I am humbled. And I thank each and every person for reaching out and telling me you care.

Author: MeredithLaskow

Artist, writer, and unrepentant nerd girl.

11 thoughts on “The Love of Friends”

  1. I love words, and I love piecing them together to create beauty and hopefully even some wisdom to ripple light and love into my world. But I’m finding myself without the right words as I read your blogs…I’m reading every word, weeping with you, celebrating every minor and major victory, praying with you every step of the way…that’s all I know how to articulate. I don’t want to keep saying the same thing over and over, but I simply don’t know what to say, other than I love you, and am with you in heart and profound caring.

  2. It’s funny how online friendships are. There are some people you connect with, and they stay in your life for years, and some come and go like moths in the night. I’m so glad, Meredith, that you are one of those that has stayed for years. Although we never communicated long, I loved how we often agreed on political issues, and was always grateful for your support. You have left a mark on many people in your life, and the overwhelming responses are a sure sign of how you have touched so many people. Tank up that love and support; it’s there for you to take and nourish from, so that you will heal heal heal.

    1. Angelika, I always believed that we get the friend we deserve — and if we resonate with someone, there’s a reason. I love that last sentence in your paragraph πŸ™‚

  3. I am blessed because of you. I am hopeful because of you. I am never alone because of you. You are my hero. I love you

  4. I am so thankful for you, for your friendship, and for all these wonderful friends who are supporting you during this challenge. I want to be on Team Meredith also and hope there is a tee shirt! πŸ˜‰ Hang in there. Always.

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