Tuesday, June 21, 2011

#14: Plan a Girls Getaway

Enduring a traumatic experience can often highlight the differences between you and everybody around you. During treatment, I was terrified I would come out on the other side unable to relate to my friends, and unsure how to fit the new me into my old life.

Fortunately for me, however, that wasn't the case. After a few months of adjustments, my relationships adapted and flourished under the new circumstances I found myself in.

I remember one cold, January day in particular, my weakened immune system tried desperately to fight off a lingering cold, and I lay slumped on my couch depressed as hell because I hadn't left the house in 5 days. In a desperate attempt to bring the outside world to me, I begged my friend Clark over to entertain me. By the time she arrived, my energy level had plummeted, and I was back in bed, unable to move or talk. She had to immediately turn around and make the trek back home. Now that's a true friend!

So, what better way to celebrate the launch of my post-treatment life (and, incidentally, Clarky's birthday), than with a Girls Weekend in NYC?!

And that's what we did last weekend. Sara, Clark and I jetted off to the bustling island of Manhattan for a weekend of shopping in SoHo, pizza and cupcakes in Greenwich, a rainy afternoon at the Met, long strolls in Central Park, underground-club-dancing, and rooftop-patio-chilling.

I couldn't have asked for a better weekend with better friends.

It's often said that a good marriage is built between two people who can grow together, rather than apart. I would extend that even further to apply to friendships.

Cancer is an obvious example of a bump in the road for all your relationships. But, moving forward together - as mutually respected individuals - is what allows a friendship to become a long-term relationship.

Especially after this weekend (and this year), I am proud to say I've found that with my sweet friends.

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