Nancy and I have been friends for over 40 years. I met her and Robert right after moving to Rochester. We watched each other's kids grow up. Today she had surgery for cancer. Needless to say, anyone who cares about Nancy had cause for worry. I stayed with Robert during the surgery, as did a few others.
The surgery appears to be a success and we are all hopeful. This just came out of thin air and no one saw it coming until a few weeks ago. But she had two of the very best oncology surgeons operating on her today.
Long time readers of my blog have no doubt seen her mentioned here before. We have backpacked, cross country skied, day hiked, and paddled extensively together and had many fun times. But more importantly, we have been there for each other through good times and bad. That's what friends do.
The picture above was taken just a few days ago. It is the best picture I have ever seen of her. She will lose her hair to chemo, but hopefully that will be a short term thing.
I consider Nancy's friendship a true blessing and I look forward to many more years of paddling, camping, dinners together, and, oh yes, for years, we have planned to hike Mt. Marcy (the highest peak in NYS) on our 80th birthday. We are six months apart in age. . . she's the oldest!