Part of Mr. T's being able to cope was having Shelby in his life. She stayed by his side when he was really feeling the affects of the treatment. He planned his appointments for after school so Shelby could go with him because she was such a help and comfort to him.
After Mr. T was better from his cancer treatments, he decided to do something to help others. Mr. T gets involved with a project. He is handy with tools. And he brings Shelby into his project. But the object he is working on is a secret until finished. Mr. T creates hat racks for a local hospital and Shelby wants to be part of this act of love and generosity. But as they are making the hat racks, Shelby has no idea what they are making. She is just enjoying her time with Mr. T. and learning so much from him. Through all this, sweet Mrs. T is making sure their tummies are filled with good things to eat.
Shelby's parents live close by and Dr. John (Shelby's Dad) is Mr. T's doctor. So this is all a real good close relationship between the two families. Kindness. Consideration. Appreciation. Love.Shelby wrote in a school essay:
"In life we must not hold our hand out and ask, "What's in it for me?" but rather ask, "What can I do for others?"
This thought provoking, insightful story is a tastefully presented story of cancer. But it is also a story of compassion and how each of us can be helpful to others and give of ourselves to their need. In other words, "Paying it forward."
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|"And who are these folks?", you ask.|
Well, they are "Tom T" and the author!
About Michele Spry: My good friend, Tom Trabue, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012. To watch Tom go through chemotherapy and radiation, yet always remaining so positive, was such an inspiration. A long time ago, I decided to live my life by paying it forward to others as often as I could and try to encourage others to do simple acts of kindness for random strangers. I began writing this book with those two inspirations. Links of interest:
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