The only people who truly know what I went though are my parents. If you want to know more ask them or ask me. For some reason a lot of people don’t ask me, they just assume maybe they know.
My parents saw firsthand what I went through and my parents did everything with me during the worst of my illness because I had no friends. They took me to the movies, to dinner, to exercise, to golf and for nice drives. The love that they gave me was stronger than anything I have ever seen or known and my gratitude to them and their gratitude to me developed into an amazing friendship.
When you go through something like this, you share an experience that some people will never understand until they go through it. I wish what I went through upon no one, but I also sometimes wish people would understand how I felt and still feel. The only people that truly get it are the people who have gone through an illness or have been really close to someone with an illness, it’s sad, but those are the ones that truly understand your pain and suffering and truly show compassion and empathy.
When I was struggling a CARSTAR Franchise Partner that was ill gave my father a rosary to give to me. He was ill and he has passed away since. When I looked at that rosary the moment my father gave it to me, I knew what it meant. To this day, that rosary lies with the same angel it has for years. That angel and that rosary has stayed in my life and will stay with me forever. And every time I look at that angel with that rosary it reminds me of him, his life, and what giving me that rosary meant to both of us.
And just so you know, since my illness began my mother has bought me an angel at Christmas every year. The rosary sits with one of her angels.
There are several people, whether family, friends, colleagues, or complete strangers that truly understand what I went through. And in some ways, those are the only people I care about and value in my life, my recovery, and my journey.