My dear friend Rhonda is fighting the battle for her life. I met her over three years ago when she became my hair stylist. Even then she had been through surgeries and chemo, yet beat the odds. I have never met anyone as courageous and full of life as this beautiful woman. She's a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a sister, and a friend to so many. Her son is serving in the Army in Afghanistan. Rhonda has dedicated so much of her time and energy to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life here in southwest Missouri.
At this time Rhonda is enduring extraordinary pain and discomfort with treatment that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Yet she holds on to memories and stories that make her laugh. She can find so much to be thankful for through it all. Her faith is so strong and her family so close and loving. Rhonda's sister Tammy keeps us all informed through a wonderful online journal called caringbridge.org and writes with such love and thankfulness. She has shared stories of their childhood that leave me laughing out loud. Even though I didn't know Rhonda then I can see her love of life in that young girl of Tammy's stories.