Blessed by Friends

Blessed by Friends

From Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor's Soul

Blessed by Friends

Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

Dr. Karl Menninger

“Cancer”—it is such an ugly word that people tend to shy away from it. That was my belief until the past few months.

I am a single mother with breast cancer that has metastasized to my liver. For anyone who is not familiar with the disease, let me tell you that the co-pays, prescriptions and treatments are astronomically expensive. I have been going through treatments for some time now and found myself not knowing how I could continue to make ends meet. I am a very proud person and refused to let anyone know my situation or ask for help.

What I didn’t know was that the whole time I was struggling over how, what and when to pay, everyone at work was aware of my situation. I’ve been employed at the same office for almost sixteen years. It turns out they were having bake sales, raffles, hot-dog sales, collections, you name it . . . and all the proceeds were given to me!

I was also given a large donation from someone who does not even work with me, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Now with the blessings of all my friends and those I don’t even know, I no longer am struggling. I have been able to buy some Christmas presents for my children and grandchildren. I even have money set aside for my next rounds of chemo and prescriptions.

I truly believe that God is watching out for me. He is doing that through the blessings of friends.

Judy Hague

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