It’s a special bond you have with other cancer survivors, but for me, it was especially more so with Christy; she is the only other person I’ve ever met with Adult ALL. Our nurse Shawna introduced us at my first Relay for Life in May of 2010 and we became fast friends.
This past March Christy relapsed and had to go to Barnes in April to go through the stem cell transplant surgery/ recovery. (Some of you might remember me asking you to send her a card while she was there). She never let it get her down, not Christy. She was always bringing a smile to everyone else’s face, her spirit was infectious. She loved the Razorbacks, so while she was in the hospital in Springfield, before going up to Barnes, she got Dr. Ellis a Razorbacks shirt and had him yelling “Woo Pig Sooie” :)
She finally got to come home to Arkansas after a lot of time in St. Louis, but wasn’t home hardly any time at all before it came back again. The last time I talked to her was Oct. 11th, the night before she had head back to Barnes. It was a heartbreaking call, she was crying, telling me she was scared and how much she loved me. Through the tears she told me she was a fighter and I assured her she would be fine, that I know she’s scared and I loved her very much too.
She passed away on the 23rd of this month. I regret not calling her again, or mailing that card I have had in the drawer for months. Cancer sucks.