Nita, on Friendships

Well, Christmas time came and I was in the lobby and one of the nurses came out and she said somebody in the back wants to see you, well, I had no idea who it might be. But it was him, he had brought me a Christmas gift and I said why did you do that? And he said, because you’re the only person who‘s ever come in my room and talked to me and I’ve been coming here a long time.

Laura, on Friendships

Support is feeling like they get me. That they get the impact that I’m dealing with a lot of information. That I’m trying to plan out what’s going to happen over the next several months. There’s a lot of unknowns and I’m okay with that but I need to prepare to make sure that I have enough support.

Caroline, on Friendships

I remember, the sister-in-law of the friend, we were talking and she did not push back at all when I was talking about or thinking about death. She really listened and was there with me. That moment was a moment where I was so incredibly grateful. I actually found a gratitude list that I made then … That moment was really important for me, I remember.

Nita, on Friendships

I think people are scared to talk to you when you have cancer, but I am a realist and I will talk about death any day. How I feel, what I want, what I can't do.

Nita, on Friendships

Just for today, laugh out loud, sing a song, be assertive, be silly, be happy, be strong. Just for today do it all once and then if you liked it tomorrow do it all once again. Sometimes it's easiest just to think about one day at a time.' Isn't that beautiful?

Kelly, on Friendships

That was the point when I had to ask for help. I called a friend over and they finished my laundry for me. It was a humbling moment, but at the same time it was a beautiful moment because I had people who were there to support me, and surround me with love.

Caroline, on Friendships

The best part of the holidays for me is the uninterrupted time I get with my friends and my family … It's just getting that time in, and since cancer, that time just feels so much more precious, and everything else falls away, other than that time that I get to spend with my friends and my family.

Ricki, on Friendships

Every day is precious. I treasure every opportunity to choose life and have more time in the world with the people that I love and who love me. At Christmas time I just try to spend more time with people that mean something to me and are special.

Alyson, on Friendships

What's been sustaining me during this period is so much love, and I'm drawing from other cultures and friends from other backgrounds.

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