This is my wish for my beautiful friend Arlene.
Arlene is an amazing and generous person. She put herself through college while raising a young child as a single parent. Later, she remarried and had two more children. Several years ago, Arlene was diagnosed with scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease of the connective tissue. Although disheartened to learn that she would eventually be disfigured and in constant pain, she was grateful that she would at least live long enough to see her two youngest children grow up.
Two years ago, Arlene's mother was diagnosed with an acute case of leukemia. Within three months, she passed away, and Arlene was there at her side.
Last year, Arlene decided to run a marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. But during training, she fractured both her shins and experienced extreme fatigue. So she went to the doctor. As it turns out, she has pre-leukemia, which may eventually develop into acute leukemia. We pray that it doesn't.
So. My wish for my dear friend Arlene is that one day, she will be able to detach herself from the fatigue, from the pain, from the worry, and play and laugh and love with her family.
Cherish the time you have with the ones you love.
pencil and paper, then poorly photographed and futzed with on Illustrator