I am feeling so grateful this Christmas.
Hubby got a great new job. It's filled with promise and new challenges.
I'm in the best shape of my life.
My boys are wonderful -- funny, smart, and truly kind.
I have wonderful friends. You know how you spend time with someone, and when they leave you think to yourself "I am so blessed to have her/him/them in my life? I feel that way about dozens of people.
We are all healthy and happy.
Thank you God.
I have one wish.
It's for one of my dear friends. I'm going to call her Eva, because I don't know if she wants me to share her struggles with everyone.
Eva & I have been friends for about 12 years. We met through a service sorority. OK, I'll admit it -- it was the Junior League. Yes, I am a bow head. I actually am no longer involved with the League, but I think it's an awesome group of women and I really enjoyed my my time there. Plus, I made amazing friends. Like Eva.
Eva is going through hell right now.
Hell is not the right word for it. Pretend that you have been dipped repeatedly into scalding water and then are forced to walk barefoot over broken glass. Oh yeah -- and your nose has been sealed shut and you are forced to breathe through a straw. Your muscles are so weak you have to use a wheelchair. And you have to go through this for a year.
Plus you have a two small children, a husband and a business to run.
That's Eva's life right now. Only worse.
Her husband, Tom, gets my vote for Husband of the Year. He is absolutely devoted to Eva and he is making sure that the kids still have a somewhat normal life. Eva's parents -- Beto & Sara -- are great too. Together, they are pulling together to get the family through this.
Here is a typical Eva Facebook post: Went to doctor today. Decided to undergo chemo. So grateful to the wonderful professionals here who are working so hard for me.
Here's another: Tom came by with a huge bouquet of flowers. How did I deserve such an awesome husband?
This one made me break down and cry: So proud of you Mary! You inspire me!
I inspire her? I inspire her????
Eva is undergoing the most harrowing experience of her life, but she is reminding us of the good in our lives.
I wish she didn't have to go through this.
I wish they could find a wonder drug, give it to her once and have her life go back to normal.
My Christmas wish -- actually, my daily prayer -- is that Eva & Tom and their family continue to have the strength to endure this. I pray that this suffering leads to untold blessings. God blessed Job, I know he will bless Eva.
I love you Eva! I am so grateful to have you in my life. Merry Christmas my beautiful, strong friend.