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.Â He said the Barbie Dream Townhouse. I laughed.Â Gosh, he really knows me better then I thought.Â Â Though, Â 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 aboutÂ 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.Â 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!Â 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.Â 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.Â He said that not ony did he want to make it a special present,Â heÂ thought a kitty couldÂ 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?”Â He said “That’s all I know from watching my Dad taking care of my Mom.”Â You see, Bob lost his Mom to brain cancer when he was only 8 years old.Â And then he lost his Dad to prostate cancer 4 months before my diagnosis.Â His experience withÂ 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, twoÂ 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 Â them in any way or direct them to the rightÂ place at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org.
Dedicated toÂ Robert and Maureen Burrows and to all the families who have been touched by cancer.Â