There are some friends that float into your life at just the right time and then they float away. It is nothing bad and those friends will always be in your heart it is just that their time with you was meant for something that was shorter. Then there are lifetime friends. Friends you know you will always be very close to. Sally is one of those friends. We may live apart now but she is never far away. We met in High School and we were inseparable - writing notes to each other in class and spending every weekend trying to find something fun to do. She was my maid of honor in my wedding and we went through life chapters at pretty much the same time - marriage, children, buying a home. Most of this time we were not living close to each other. Sometimes we would go a month and not talk - life just getting in the way - but when we did connect it was like we never stopped talking.
Sally has called me every single day since I was diagnosed. She flew out here from Colorado just to sit by my side during chemo. I felt bad that her trip to California was not one filled with wine tasting and beach lounging but I don't think either one of us could have been happier. We were together. I am sad that she left today - but I am so grateful to have had this time with my very, very special friend. To look at her face and know she is real - now I can see her on the other end of the phone line when she calls tomorrow.
Thank you Sally for being one of my rocks - knowing just the right things to say and always staying positive. You are my biggest cheerleader and you don't know how much I appreciate the "you can do it!" cheers. Thank you for leaving your family for a few days to come spend time with me. I don't know that I will ever be able to repay you or your family - you gave me just exactly what I needed. I love you.