A Journey Through a Friends Illness

 

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An Introduction to Who This is About…

While looking for a picture for the beginning of this story I realized something; this has been a lovely friendship, a partnership brought on by loyalty and necessity. Being two intelligent, adventurous women we didn’t ever feel we needed a man to take care of us. Instead we found a kindred spirit in one another and have been continuing onward together since that was discovered. (Not that we wouldn’t turn away true love, but that hasn’t happened yet.)

I guess I should start at the beginning, however briefly. We met in the late 90’s, during a time when I was going through immense grief over the loss of my Mom, and was in the midst of my nomadic journey. I had landed in the midwest because of some false promises. And through the technology of the day, party calls & AOL chatrooms, we met in the middle of one of my few travels to the East coast.

When we physically met it was as if we had known one another all along, and the ease of that made us both feel connected on a different level. Her family was sweet to me, and mine has been sweet to her, caring about her journey as well as mine. So it was only a slight surprise when they helped pack her up in my car to send her off in a new direction she needed, to the midwest at the time, with me.

Since then we have lived in four states, travelled extensively together, gone through many adventures together, and discovered things about one another that we would never of known otherwise. We have also studied, meditated, researched and experienced a lot of things, things that are difficult to explain here through the written word, but may come out, eventually, in my books and films.

We ‘get’ each other, more then any pair of best friends can; we do love each other deeply. Having been through so much its hard to be apart, and even harder to imagine our lives without one another, (although during our rare fights we consider it, but it never comes of anything.) We plan to be together forever, regardless of anything else that may come along that we cannot yet know.

That was why I took it hard when she felt ill.. that was why it took me so long to write this. I still have a hard time with it, but want to get this out of my system; especially now that she is okay now, healing the best way she can.

Illness can strike at anytime to anyone, from accident to family genetics. And this journey made us realize how short life really is. So when I was laid off for my corporate gig, the idea of my dream job became a now or never scenario. This entire year’s experience has shaped who we both are, and who we are becoming.

I’ll touch on the illness next time.
To be continued…..

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