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A few guys came by the house to give Melissa estimates on the bathrooms (she wants to get them re-done), then we went to CTC to get a prescription filled and say hello to a friend. Anna was in the Outpt facility with her husband (Simon) resting when we arrived. She was scheduled to have surgery on a brain tumor the Dr had found 3 wks ago. She was full of life, spirit and faith in God. I was shocked at her positivity and love for Melissa and myself, a total stranger. What a strong woman. We spent over 2hrs discussing family, friends, cancer, and Melissa and Anna shared their feelings and frustrations with their disease. After another long day we went home, ate and continued our search for houses.

Tuesday Oct. 6, 2009
A sad day for me because I had to go back to Boston. I’ve always cherished our time together, even before she got sick. Melissa and I have always had such a strong connection. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but we have gone several years without seeing one another, and somehow we always just pick back up where we left off. We never skip a beat. I don’t have any sisters, but I’ve always thought of Melissa as my soul sister, and her family as my second family. Melissa and I have had all the ups and downs you would have with a sister and (or) a best friend. We’ve cried together, gotten in trouble together, learned together, had crazy adventures together, yelled at one another, have been successful together, but mostly we’ve laughed together. I tried to relocate to Phoenix, but unfortunately certain circumstances did not allow it. I am already trying to plan my next trip out to visit, but as usual finances and not enough PTO make it difficult. I cannot express how much I look up to Melissa. I looked up to her throughout high school, college, and after. She has always been so strong and gotten through the toughest of times. I, on the other hand, have always needed her support, and, reluctantly, her “tough love”. She continues to amaze me with her strength, spirit, and positivity. Melissa was, is, and will continue to be an inspiration to me and many others. She and I can still be dorks and laugh our asses off together.

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Courier2001

(((( Melissa )))) Thank You !! so much for sharing your story. God Bless Us All !

December 28, 2010 - 9:20pm
Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter

Hi Melissa,

Just wanted you to know all of us here at EmpowHER are reading your diary every day. Your caregivers give such great information about what's going on with your health, but more importantly, they continue to share their heartfelt feelings about you. You are one strong young woman!!
We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. You really had an impact on our entire team when you came to visit us and share your story.

Big hugs,
Michelle

October 13, 2009 - 11:47am
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