September 25, 2011

Nice Email from KT in Florida

Hi Todd...


I am trying to read everything on your "Last Ride on Zray" but wanted to say HI...:) 


SO...hope all is well with you, I am hanging tough, have one more trip to the skin ca. doc. Just more fun. But I am doing well, considering. Today, my old guy (Bud) is going to take me out to lunch. I told him I just couldn't stand cooking. :) 


So, I love the picture of you standing in that flower garden-type place. You are looking good. I admire you more than I can say, and don't even think otherwise, after all...I am pushing 80 y/o. :) 


I have to tell you this, and please don't misunderstand... When my problem came up, I had to make a very difficult decision..bilateral mastectomy, and max. chemo/radiation. Now, I am not telling you for sympathy. That was over 4 years ago. I am thankful to still be here. The decision I am talking about is NOT having the bilateral implants. I don't regret it. I feel good, and I can wear all my old T-shirts. :) I don't know why I wanted to tell you this, in fact, I may have told you before. That is one of my problems...short term memory loss, due to the medications the docs put me on. BUT...I am not complaining. I am still here long after the docs said I probably wouldn't be. 


So I give thanks every day for my life. And I mention you and your family in my prayers very often. I think the Good Lord made His light shine upon you. And you are doing what He wants you to do...letting people know how normal your life is in spite your original problem. So I think of you and do the same. I'm sorry if I am boring you with all this info. I just felt like letting you know (maybe again) how much I think of you and admire you. 


As for me, the one thing that kept me going was the absolute support of my family and every friend in person and on the Internet. I had calls, visits and emails during the six months I was having the Chemo/radiation. I truly believe that it was that one thing that kept me going, kept me strong and determined to stick around. 


If I hadn't had the 100% support of my 55 year mate, Bud, I am sure I wouldn't be here. He was with me every step of the way. He cooked. He did the laundry. He ran the vac. He shopped. I was unable to do any of the above. I think this is the most important thing that kept me going. A person receiving the treatment I had absolutely needs someone as supportive as I had to keep them going. I had family and friends, but the one that kept me going was my Bud. :) (Uh...I was 12 when we got married.:) 


 So I wanted everyone to know that if they have a friend/family member with any serious health problem, STICK WITH THEM. Support them, let them know you are THERE for them. There is nothing that strengthens a person as much as that...support and prayers. Sorry my email got so long. I guess "talking" to you brought back memories I wanted to share. :) Keep safe. KT