I’ve received many, many responses to last month’s Bob’s Corner. Thank you! For those who are wondering, I’ve been tentatively diagnosed with myeloproliferative neoplasm. It’s a bone marrow disorder. My body is producing too many white blood cells and platelets. There is no cure, but it will most likely be manageable.
Tough times serve a purpose. They tend to crack you open and clarify what is really important. They also show you who your true friends are.
The outpouring of well-wishers has shocked me. I’ve received visits from friends, emails, texts, telephone calls, books, candy, cards and promises of prayers. It’s remarkable to me, and it brings tears to my eyes. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your encouragement is greatly appreciated. May your kindness come back to you a hundred times over!
One of our seniors read the article about my illness, and was also deeply touched. As I passed through the dining room, she called me over. She told me that what I need is a Momma’s hug. “A Momma’s hug,” she said, “is when Momma hugs and rocks you side to side.” She explained that even hurt little children will settle down and their hurting is taken away when they get a Momma’s hug. She then proceeded to hug me tight in front of everyone, rocking me side to side.
Now, I don’t know if that hug and all of the well wishes will affect my blood counts (we will see later this month), but I can tell you that there is truly something sacred about being there when someone is in need.
We all experience ups and downs. We all have times when we feel strong, and times when we feel weak. Perhaps the most difficult times are when we feel we have no control over things. How comforting it is to have others who genuinely care about what you are going through.
Please, do not underestimate the power you have to help someone else. The slightest gesture of caring can be significant to someone having difficulty in their journey.
During your time of need, I sincerely hope that all of you have people who care. And, may you all be recipients of a Momma’s hug.
Bob Payne, Manager