When I was diagnosed
with my second cancer in 1999, a combination of life events conspired to
take place at the same time. As they say, "when it rains, it pours."
A divorce, an incredibly demanding career, raising my (then) 12-year-old
daughter, Danielle, alone, and of all things, new home
The home construction
became a sort of "focus" for the caregivers in my life, in addition to my
own. My parents helped check on progress when I was in the hospital;
Danielle assisted greatly in the overall interior design, as well as putting
together a "medicine chart" to go on our refrigerator so I would be able
to keep track. When it came time to design her own room, she chose
a blue-sky-and-white-clouds wallpaper theme, because it was the only room
on the second floor of the new home.
Although the odds of
my survival were slim, a miracle occurred and my cancer went into remission
in January, 2000.
I saw Diana's rocking chairs
and immediately commissioned one for Danielle. In keeping with the
theme she chose for her room, I asked Diana to custom paint a chair that
would fit right in....and that she did. It was, and is, a work of
Danielle received the
chair as a Christmas present in 2000, a full year after we were wondering
if I'd even live to see that year ushered in.
Diana's rocking chair
for Danielle has given me a way to show gratitude for my number one caregiver
during that most difficult of times: my precious daughter.
My present that Christmas
turned out to be a beautiful rocking chair that Diana made for me. It was
painted just like the sky to match my room. It even had a sun peeking out
of the clouds. Underneath the seat, there was a hand painted message that
said "Danielle--no matter where you are, or what you do, my love--like the
arms of this chair--will be wrapped around you. Merry Christmas, 2000. Love,
Needless to say, it
was a perfect addition to my room and to my life. The rocking chair really
helped us to not forget the hard times and to always remember the special
times. I plan on passing the chair down to my children one day, if I am so
lucky, so that they will always have something to remember their