Friday, October 8, 2010

What a difference a year makes

At school today we celebrated one of my favorite people in the world!  Melissa is a friend, colleague and and my Elizabeth (she knows what that means.)   July of 2009 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It was such a hard time.  She was so strong and we were all falling apart around her, because we felt so helpless and wanted so badly to help our dear friend.  She has endured so much and is a survivor in every sense of the word.  She had a double mastectomy, developed blood clots as a complication, had 4 blood clots in her heart and had to have open heart surgery to remove them.  The night before her surgery, I stood in her ICU room with 3 other dear friends and prayed with her and tried not to cry because I didn't want her to be scared.  She has such a strong faith and I admire her so much.  God rewarded her faithfulness the next day.  Doctors all say that she should not have lived with those clots in her heart.  They had never seen anything like it and doctors from all over came to talk to her and see pictures.  She is truly a miracle.  She is a wonderful friend, wife, mother, teacher....I could go on and on.  God knew this world needed Melissa longer and I am so grateful.

Today, we celebrated her at school with lots of PINK surprises and tomorrow we will walk with her in the Race for the Cure.  Our team at HES has raised over $1200.  Yeah!!!   It will be a special, special time to spend with my treasured friend!
 The best group of Kindergarten teachers-EVER!  Love these girls!

     I made these pink pom-poms to decorate over her teacher table before she came in the room. 
Lots of pink!

 Me, Melissa and Katy

We had these shirts made and a lot of the teachers bought them to wear today.  It was a great day!  Such a difference from last year.   Thank you, God!

1 comment:

  1. This post brought tears to my eyes! Congrats to the money raised and the blessings you all became to those who need a cure!

    -Valerie G.