I'm not sure when our friendship began, it was so many years ago. She was a couple years older than I. My earliest memories of her are from high school. Maybe it's because we are both older than dirt now, and my memory is fading.
Because she was a few years older, and my idol, she got to do everything first. A drivers license, graduate from high school , got married and had children.
Those aren't necessarily the way my memories are filed away. Everything about her reminds me of laughter. No matter what the circumstance, she had a funny story to tell. Even to this day, I can call her and she will make me laugh.
We promised, as most of us to to always stay in touch with each other, no matter what. I was in their wedding. I was there when her children were born. Life gets in the way, and friends go their separate ways.
We used to run into each other at the store. We would exchange information and once again promise to keep in touch.
When I first heard the news about her son Darrin, I remember the ache in my heart. Not Darrin. "Are they sure it's leukemia?" Darrin lost his courageous battle to that ugly disease in 2001.
Now my precious friend Janice is fighting her own battle with cancer.
Of all things, it started in her thumb. She thought it was a splinter. They removed the cyst on her thumb and had it biopsied. From that, they learned there was cancer somewhere else in her body. It turned out to be in her lung. I always equate lung cancer with someone who has smoked, or at least been around someone who smoked. I don't think there's anyone in Janice family who has ever smoked.
She goes to the hospital today for another MRI. Just to determine if the chemo has reduced that horrible tumor in her lung. I am praying she has been completely healed.
It's so difficult to learn about someone you love so much going through difficult times. This is her week "off" chemo. She's not so sick today.
I talked to her a little while ago to see how she and her precious husband are doing today. He has a fever and is on the couch with the flu. So I'm also praying for him.
I'm finding comfort in this verse today. My hope is that Janice will find comfort there too.
2 Corinthians 4 HE comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.