One day, my husband kept telling me that he was going to have a surprise for me and I would probably get it at my chemo treatment. Well on January 16, 2019, I had my chemo treatment like usual and like usual, I came home and fell asleep on my couch.
I thought I was dreaming and in my dream, I opened my eyes and said, very softly, “Vero.” Then I did it again, softly, “Vero.” Then I opened my eyes wide, and yelled, “VERO!” There it was, my big surprise! My dear friend Vero was standing right there in front of me. She flew down from New Mexico to spend four days with me. Vero is the one person that I tell everything to.
Halves Made Whole
I always describe my friendship with her as being soulmates. My heart literally aches to be in her presence. It is so hard to be away from someone in your life that you can go to with anything that is going on in your life. This was a “thing” that I really wish we were closer for. Vero works extremely hard and she works long hours, so phone conversations are hard. The fact that she took time off to come surprise me meant the world to me.
When I finally realized I wasn’t dreaming, she and I sat there hugging, laughing, and crying for about an hour. Nolan said, “gosh, are you guys going to cry forever?” We just laughed some more. We spent that night just catching up. I kept reassuring her that I would be fine and that I had accepted what was happening.
Small Town Adventures
The next day we spent time in Wimberly, and Gruene looking around, shopping, snacking and just overall enjoying ourselves. We enjoyed taking pictures in all the tourist spots, but Vero and I can enjoy ourselves anywhere. Tyler and Ryan came to Gruene and met us for dinner. It was nice to spend the evening with them; I think that was the first time Ryan and Vero met.
The last of our days, Vero and I sat at the house talking. It is what we do best!
I wanted to make sure she knew exactly what she meant to me in case something did happen, but at the same time, I wanted her to know that I was okay with what was happening to me.
We talked about God, dying, surviving cancer, dogs, stars, family…you name it, we talked about it. When it came time for her to leave, my heart broke. We stood there hugging and crying just like when she arrived. We are so attached to one another, it is almost comical.
It was about a month later, I received a call from Vero and she started crying. When I asked what was wrong, she said that she had felt so bad because the whole time she was here I was reassuring her I was okay when she came to be my support. Again, we got a good laugh out of it. Everyone needs a friendship like ours. I will forever be grateful for it.
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