We all have people in our lives that inspire us. I am constantly in awe of the strength and courage that so many display in my life. So when one of my biggest inspirations told me that I inspired her, I was beside myself. Really? It’s hard to believe that my half ass attempt at writing has inspired anyone, much less Dee. This is my friend who has overcome more in 4 years than most will endure in a lifetime. In short, she fell sick 4 years ago and ended up in the hospital for a couple of months. In that time she developed sepsis and the damage it did to her body was unbelievable. I watched her struggle to walk when her feet turned black. She eventually made the decision to have her legs removed under the knee. Immediately after she was wheeling around and excited for her new legs to come in. I can’t imagine how she was able to cope with all of it and raising her daughter on her own, but she did and she did it with such grace. As a close friend, I couldn’t help but worry all the time about her and she would always make me feel so relaxed. Yes, SHE would make ME feel relaxed. I guess part of that gift comes from having a child. She was so good with her little girl through everything. It takes a special woman to be a great mom and she is one of those special people. I doubt her baby ever saw her mom cry once.
The following New Year’s Eve we all met up to ring in the new year together. We all danced and hugged and celebrated those new legs! Around midnight when we were all quieting down a certain two lovely friends were kissing on the sofa. Unexpectedly two of my favorite friends had just connected. Wind the clock 3 years later and we are planning a wedding for them. I am busting with happiness for the two of them. There’s so much more I could say about this wonderful woman and this wonderful man, but it’s not my story to tell. She has debated for the last year on writing her story and I think she should. She inspires me. I think her daughter would like to read that story one day. Last night over a glass of wine with friends she told me that my blog has inspired her to write her story. My work is done. 🙂