See this picture….It’s me with my niece Jody. She’s my parents oldest grandchild, making her my first niece. Jody is my sister Judy’s oldest daughter.
Judy is sixteen years older than me and I don’t remember her even living at home….I don’t remember her at all without her husband. I was four when they got married and they had dated for about 2 years before they got married. This all makes Jody four years younger than me. She’s really more like a sister to me than my own sister…it’s odd. Except for one time, I don’t even remember Judy without Jody.
This picture was taken last December. Jody had just gifted this gorgeous cross stitch piece to me. I treasure it dearly and have it hanging on my sewing room wall. At the time this picture was taken…I didn’t know that it a few short weeks I’d be told my thyroid was acting up and that I had thyroid cancer and Jody didn’t know that in a few short months she’d be told her breast cancer had returned.
Jody was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. After a lumpectomy they ended up having to go in and do a mastectomy. That along with reconstruction surgery left her fighting to be “back to herself” for over a year.
Last month she found out the breast cancer had returned. She’s a brave girl and has decided to share her story. She’s been blogging and telling about her experience. You can find her blog here.
Like me, she’s fortunate in that she has family surrounding and supporting her. Her and her hubby David have five kids range from middle schoolers to one in elementary. They are a wonderful bunch of kids that I adore.
Jody has been a wonderful support to me throughout my time with cancer….she understands as she’s been there too. Sadly, she’s doing a repeat.
My thoughts and prayers are with her today….it’s surgery day for her. After some recovery then it’s on to chemo and radiation…….Oh I wish this was something she didn’t have to go through. It’s so hard knowing people I love are in pain.
I have looked and looked at the picture. No where does the photo say or indicate that in a few months both of us would be dealing with cancer…but cancer made it’s way into both of our lives.
It’s my hope that looking ahead to the next time my birthday rolls around we’ll be both at a point we can put cancer behind us.
Anyone who is inclined to pray…please add Jody and her family to your list. She’s super special to me.