Sunday, January 20, 2013

Facebook Friends Are Amazing!

by Leann

When I look back on the last few months and now the last two weeks, I am surprised I am able to string two sentences together. Back in the spring of 2012, we had to paint, re-carpet and update the landscaping on our home in Texas so we could sell it. Next we put the house on the market and to our surprise it sold for cash almost immediately.

We packed like crazy, made all kinds of decisions and my husband retired. We moved to a new state after 38 years into a not-so-nice temporary home. We are getting plans together to build our final home on a lake. During all this, I wrote a book. We traveled all the way across the country at Christmas and had a wonderful time with our family--something we have not done in a long time.

Great things, difficult things, but mostly positive. But the nasty cold my husband got right after we returned to South Carolina before the New Year signaled a downturn. We all have them. What goes up, must come down, right? As he was getting well, I started to get sick. But I'd found a beautiful kitten and brought him home. Maybe because I was so ill I didn't see the early signs of what was to come. I named him Marlowe.

Marlowe became very sick, very quickly. I turned to the community of friends on Facebook and the support we have received has been unbelievable. I know the medicine is part of his recovery but I also am certain the speed at which he has progressed is due to the overwhelming positive energy coming our way.

The kindness of people, the caring and the concern mean so much. This blog post is to tell all of you how many tears you have saved me and how many times I was able to smile as I held Marlowe's tiny, quivering body in my arms. He is better. He is sweet. He may eventually succumb to whatever it is that caused this illness, but all this has made me stop and realize how important it is to reach out to others who need a kind word or a healing prayer--like you all did for me. Thank you one and all.