S IS FOR SUPPORT. Support is the assistance we all rely on. It is the spouse who greets you at the end of the day, the friend who is there to hear you gripe, and the colleague who is there to cover you when you are unable to keep a commitment. Support spans the emotional, physical, and structural domains and, as I’ve learned, is individually defined and situationally dependent.
After surviving breast cancer for 15 years, my mom was diagnosed again with a metastatic cancer. She kept her faith. She fought like a lion. She never gave up. She loved life, and wanted to see her grandson grow up. Unfortunately, she lost her battle after 8 long months fighting like the bravest warrior. It was a very unfair war, as the cure was not entirely within her span of control. But the smile never left her lips, even during her most difficult moments. She was strong.