When Cancer Met Its Match
Have you ever had a conversation with a friend...and just about when you are ready to hang up, you get some jaw-dropping, eye-bulging, "I-can't-believe-this-is-true" kind of news?
Such was the case in a recent conversation I had with my friend Louise Sattler. Some of you may know her from Signing Families. You may know that she is one of the recipients of our Kidlutions Preferred Product Award. You might know her because she has helped train countless number of EMS and medical staff in the use of American Sign Language in crisis situtations.
If you know her, you know she is a force to be reckoned with, inimitable and indomitable! She is a live wire...or as she refers to herself...."FESTIVE". She's all of that and then some.
|The inimitable, indomitable Louise Masin Sattler.|
So after discussing business and other fun ventures, we were just about to hang up and she drops the bomb...
"I'm having a little surgery on my thyroid...." and "it's cancer." "But if you have to have cancer, it's the best kind to have. I'll be off to MAC World and it will business as usual within 2 short weeks." GULP!
CANCER? Are you kidding me? Are you serious?
YES. (Find out more of the deets here.)
Wait a minute...you dropped a bomb. You can't just say that and end the conversation.
Several conversations later, I know that Louise is ready. She is preparing for the battle that will take place in the operating room tomorrow. (I think she's been preparing since she got the news...the news that she kept to herself for so long). Tomorrow, she goes into surgery, surrounded by a team of experts she has amassed, ready to slay the dragon. She'll also be surrounded by her PRAYER WARRIORS, the ones who will be with her in spirit...reaching out from all corners of the world...until she emerges, victorious.
Cancer can do a lot of things. One thing it CAN'T do is infect someone's spirit. Louise has put on her boxing gloves. Attitude has a huge impact on one's overall adjustment. It's easy to have a great attitude when all is well in our world. It's when the chips are down that what one is really made of shines through.
Louise, you are a force to be reckoned with. Cancer has met its match. Put up your dukes. It's lights out for the cancer tomorrow.
And when it is all said and done, you can add this to your list of accomplishments:
Thanks for showing us all how to rise above, keep our head in the game and charge fearlessly into that which we could choose to let destroy us.
You are some kind of wonderful!
Godspeed, my friend!