11 DecThe Best Christmas Present Ever

I recently asked my husband what his best Christmas present ever was. He didn’t have an answer so I asked him if he knew what mine was.  He said the Barbie Dream Townhouse. I laughed.  Gosh, he really knows me better then I thought.  Though,  that wasn’t the correct answer, well, at least not since the Christmas of 2007.

It was December 14 and Bob had just come home from covering a game. It was about two weeks since I found out I was going to have chemo afterall. Bob told me he had been thinking really hard about what he could get me for Christmas that would be really special.

Bob does a lot of wonderful things, but buying presents for me is not one of his best qualities, so I was a little nervous.  But then he said he wanted to get me a kitty, but didn’t want to just bring one home if I didn’t think I would be up for caring for one.

I was estatic!  I’ve always wanted to get a kitty but Bob wasn’t a cat person and I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to deal with cat hair and a litter box.  But now that the opportunity had presented itself I said yes, with tears in my eyes. I couldn’t believe that is what he came up with so I asked him how.  He said that not ony did he want to make it a special present,  he thought a kitty could always be there to keep me company when he couldn’t be.

Of course, that created more tears, and then I asked “How do you know how to take such good care of me?”  He said “That’s all I know from watching my Dad taking care of my Mom.”  You see, Bob lost his Mom to brain cancer when he was only 8 years old.  And then he lost his Dad to prostate cancer 4 months before my diagnosis.  His experience with the harsh side of this disease gave him the strenghth to be there for me 110%.

And that is really my best Christmas present ever.

Though, two days after that moment we got little baby Daisy and she is a close second.

If you or anyone you know needs some extra support for cancer during the holiday season, please let them know that there is a 24/7 live person that will help  them in any way or direct them to the right place at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org.

Dedicated to Robert and Maureen Burrows and to all the families who have been touched by cancer. 

Merry Christmas!

5 Responses to “The Best Christmas Present Ever”

  1. Avatar of maggie hall maggie hall says:

    Kellie, don’t make me cry at work! A sweet story, glad you’re here to write it.

  2. Stephanie Engevold says:

    Kellie,
    Touching story, what a wonderful present! I love reading your blog. Thanks for all you do for Relay & ACS.

  3. Kelly Luckey says:

    Wow. Neat story. I loved reading it Kel. Thanks for sharing.

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