The first day of my stay-cation at Karmanos, I was introduced to Steve, not in person, but indirectly during my tour of the unit. Here on the BMT Unit, there is a very important dry erase board that hangs at the end of the hallway. Each patient is to write their name down every day and keep tabs on how many laps they walk around the floor. I met Steve indirectly when I was shown the dry erase board. Steve was clearly an over achiever based on the countless sets of laps he had walked that day. His tallied marks on the dry erase board told me that I met my match. Yes, I am here for a cure, but I am still Tara and I love a good challenge.
Turns out, Steve was my neighbor. His room was right next to mine and my challenger was a very nice man. He is from Inkster and had been at Karmanos a month and previously at another hospital. He's had quite the journey; we all have had quite the journey in some way, shape or form. He shared with me his story, a little about his family and life and pretty soon we were walking the halls, both stopping to check off yet another lap completed, together.
I've come to realize that this really is not just MY journey. It is very much a journey that encompasses so many people. I am very blessed to have such a huge network of friends, young and old, school and work. I am saved by my family, who stands by my side, day after day, fighting this fight as if it were their own. And now I have this great network of people at Karmanos. Everyone from my doctor, staff, nurses, food service ladies and of course Dee, the lady who makes sure that my room is germ free and so fresh and so clean. They're all are a part of my life now and my life is so much richer because of them.