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I’ve wrestled with how to put Paula’s journey into the right words. I cannot begin to imagine what range of emotion she’s gone through from her initial diagnosis to one of metastasis. She’s shared her story; her worries and frustrations, her optimism and strength. And god bless her, she is a strong woman… and stubborn. But so much is left unsaid. Especially by those that surround her. It never feels like the right time to tell her what our hearts truly hold, but as she would say, “bring my flowers now…”
So to our Paula: Be brave.
Know that we see you. All of you’ve done and all you will do. Yes, we see you moving your mountain, pebble by pebble, but we see so much more that may seem little in comparison, but are truly the biggest parts of you. The excitement for a gathering with your family or friends. The way you look forward to a night on the race track. Your extreme love and support for your husband, even if his home cooked meals are limited. The giggles that float from another room at something likely a tad less than “appropriate.” The smallest gestures of love to all around you, whether it be a special treat for your peeps on a random day, a hand-me-down article of clothing for the friend that tends to forget about self-love, notes of support and encouragement to all your surrogate grandchildren… The list could go on forever.
We see you. All of you. And we love you beyond what words could define. Whenever there’s doubt or fear or complete exhaustion, know we’re beside you at the ready for whatever you may need. Be brave, Paula. Be that beautiful, stubborn, authentic, over-it somedays, and on-top-of-the-world on other days self. Because you are amazing.
As part of Paula’s village, as her people, as those who she has loved on day after day, as those who have been touched by her selflessness and charity, it’s our time to build her up and ease what worries we can so that she can focus her energy on getting through this next journey. Whether with words, a t-shirt, or a separate donation, please help support Paula in her continued fight.