*Matchbox Twenty: North
*Britt Nicole: Gold
*Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes: Baby Caught The Bus
*Crave: For King & Country
*Beth Hart: Bang Bang Boom Boom
*Colton Dixon: A Messenger
The Days always being blessings to the forefront and realities of Life's often harshness right in your face. On Monday I received a phone call from an old friend. She's more like a good acquaintance now since we really hadn't spoke or spent time with one another in about 7 years. We really didn't have a falling out but she did head into a different direction as far as her circle of friends. I was rather surprised when she called. After about fifteen minutes of exchanging pleasantries and catching up to speed on one another, she mentioned that she was tested for Breast Cancer. She had Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound & CT scan. A self check of her breasts lead to a Mammogram which confirmed the lumps in her right breast.
She wanted me to be with her when she received her results. Since the finding of the lumps in her breast, she hasn't told or mentioned this to any of her girlfriends. Her immediately family is in the Northeast and they knew about the details but she's been a nervous wreck here. Because of my own history with Cancer, she believed I could relate and just be there for and with her.
She received her results this morning and it's confirmed that she has Stage II Breast Cancer. Once the news was told, I could see that Fear had a hold of her and she was weaving in and out of moment. I asked as many questions as I could and did all I could to ease the situation. After a few hours with dealing with doctors and nurses, we headed back to her place and she fell apart. This strong independent woman became emotionally childlike. After about an hour of crying and coming to terms, I felt her invincibility ready to take over. It won't be an easy battle but I know she'll be fine. I told her it was time to tell her close friends so that they could rally around her. She asked if I could be with her during the next few doctor visits -- I let her know that I would be there with her.
After all was said and done, she 'thanked' me. Believe me, there is a 'thank you' that is merely said with no actual emotion or feeling and then there is a 'thank you' where you feel as though you were given an honor of merit. I know for a fact the she and I will now be close friends forever. Whatever happens now, she'll always be part of my Circle of Chicas. Days like this just throws you for a loop and it's hard to get back on the tightrope and find that balance...but truth is that Life Goes On. We just have to deal and allow Love to surround us with comfort as we prepare to battle such battles.
Bang Bang Boom Boom...