Saturday, August 31, 2013
At the beginning of the summer my brother Jim did something that meant a great deal to me. When I found out I was going to loose my hair from my chemo, he went out and shaved his head! While this brought a great many comments his way, he laughed and shrugged them all off:). He has kept his head shaved ever since and will keep his bald head as long as I am bald. This kind of support from him isn't the first time he has been there for me.
The day I found out I had cancer was a rough day in many ways. I was still very anemic and doing anything took so much out of me still. As I was walking out of the doctors office my parents told Jim (who was there with me) to take me to the hallway / foyer of the building while they finished up something. All I remember is sitting on a bench and Jim sitting next to me, holding me in his arms and letting me cry, which was all I could do for a long time that day. But I could draw some strength from Jim by him just being there and letting me cry and hold on to him.
This kind of support, especially from family, is so very important! Without this kind of support I honestly am not sure how I would be doing! I read somewhere that getting and giving hugs while going through chemo is important. And I see why. A hug is such a physical way of giving support and makes you feel that support. So I suggest, if you know someone in or outside of your family who is going through a rough time in any way, give them your support and give them a hug. It means and does so much!