When I was a very young girl of 10, I met an amazing person who was to become my very best friend in the whole entire world. I had no idea of this at the time, just that we were buddies and got on really well. We met at primary school and our friendship continued into high school and transcended the fact that we went to different schools or moved to various places. After school we still kept touch but we had a bit of a rough patch in which we hated our respective boyfriends. That lasted for 7 years but we managed to rekindle our friendship and continue after that where we had left off.
My friend and I have weathered many storms. We have shared first loves, broken hearts, many nights agonizing over Mr Right, Mr Wrong and Mr In Between. We have laughed a lot and had so many good times I can’t even begin to tell you. Our friendship has a soundtrack – it’s the soundtrack of our lives and it follows us wherever we go. My friend is beyond being my sister – she and I truly are soul sisters. She is the most awesome person I have the privilege of knowing.
So on Friday when I was told the news that she had bone marrow cancer, I was not quite sure how to react. This is a road I don’t wish to share with anyone – not meaning that selfishly. I mean this is not a nice road, it’s interesting and awareness making, sure, but it’s not pleasant. So now my friend and I have one more thing to share, cancer.
I went to visit her in hospital on Saturday. She seems in good spirits and was very happy to see me. Her treatment will start on Monday and she will be hospitalized for a month. All of you out there who are rooting and praying for me, please do so for my friend as well.