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  1. Maureen
    Maureen July 17, 2013 at 9:37 pm | | Reply

    Hi Jess-
    This post made me smile and think of the time when you were first diagnosed that we all visited Houston. We saw you in the hospital for the first time and it was pretty emotional for us to see you “sick” like that. It made all of us feel helpless and like we wanted to do anything for you to “make you better” even though we were powerless to do that. I remember very clearly, sitting in your hospital room asking you what we could do for you to make you feel better, and you said, that I could paint your toe nails……

    I think you mentioned in one of your previous posts how you felt a need to “make things pretty” when you weren’t feeling it so much. I am happy to this day that you were lying back with your eyes closed when you asked me to paint your toes because you didn’t see my jaw drop…..of all the body parts in the world I dislike….Feet are at the top of my list. Major EWWWWW factor. I would like to report in an effort to “make you better” I painted every last one of those little piggies of yours. I think I even did a second coat. Its been a little bit of an inside joke amongst your college friends that I am now letting you in on. You got me to paint your toes!!! Glad you are paying your experience and your message forward and I think you now owe me a pedicure!!!

    Lots of love

  2. Facing Cancer Together
    Facing Cancer Together July 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm | | Reply

    Excellent post, Jess. I agree in that we can’t control the expectations of others, but we certainly can adapt our own. Sounds like you managed a good mixture of support and understanding. It has me looking over my social circle and wondering who would fit where. ~Catherine

  3. Aurelie
    Aurelie July 19, 2013 at 11:44 am | | Reply

    Jess, great post. Your description of people reaction and presence (or lack of it) rings a bell in me. I experinced these reactions not long ago.
    Way to go jess, you’re a fabulous woman

  4. Nicole
    Nicole August 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm | | Reply

    Dear Jess,

    You are surrounded by grace. I miss you. xoxo Nicole

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