The reason that I’m writing this and posting it for the internet to see, is because I want these people to be honored by everyone who knows them. If you do know them, you may not even know this happened because these three individuals carry themselves with a level of humility that should be envied. If you read this, please tell them thank you from me, because hearing it out of my mouth alone would not do these individuals the justice they deserve. Hug them. Kiss them. Celebrate them.
A year ago this week I was diagnosed with Lymphoma, and started six months of chemotherapy. As anyone will tell you or as you may have had first hand experience; it is a very unpleasant experience. There was a huge group of people who supported me in so many ways from last July to this very moment. I could never find the words or the space to thank every single person who helped me. I hope a “you know who are, and I thank you” will suffice. If it doesn’t then rest assured you will all get your full due when you read the book I’m writing because I remember EVERYTHING.
There are three people I want to draw attention to, for they spent so much time taking me back and forth from the hospital; I think of them as my “partners in chemo.”
Justin Mortelliti: If I ever had children, I would want them to have a friend like you. You took me for my biopsy and you picked me up at almost every single chemo. You were reliable, steadfast and strong when I was weak, tired and confused. You always kept me laughing right up until the moments I would fall asleep on the couch in the middle of talking to you. And most importantly you provided me with ice cream. I love you.
Bekah Tripp: Whenever I question whether moving to Los Angeles was a good thing, I remember this is where I met you therefore it must have been one of the best decisions I ever have made. You took me to that hospital so many Friday mornings, took so many notes for me, listened when I couldn’t, and made my oncologist explain everything three times when I didn’t understand. You are the strongest person I know. You are the most talented person I know. You are the funniest person I know. Most importantly you made me feel safe when I was scared. I love you.
Shannon Hunt: It should be illegal to be as pretty, witty, smart and as caring as you are. You too, drove me so many times, sat with me so many times, and insisted on staying with me in that awful chemo treatment room when you didn’t have to. Every time I tried to be tough, every time I tried to do something on my own and every time I tried to disappear you put your foot down and made me accept help when I was too proud to accept it. It takes a lot to stand up to me, and you always did, and it was always such a relief. I love you.
The most amazing thing about these three people is that not a one of them had to do any of this. They chose to do it. It blows my mind. It makes me cry. And it makes me proud to call them friends. If you see them today or tomorrow or next week, be sure to tell them just how very much they are loved and appreciated. Thank you.