Wednesday, October 28, 2015

She Landed

Well, the day has finally arrived. My good friend Jacqui from the UK is back in town for a visit and I'm gearing up for a great week. We have some loose plans, but I'm mostly excited that I'll be able to talk to her face-to-face instead of through text and FaceTime.

We've been friends for about a year now. She first reached out to me through Twitter to ask about the VNS, as she was considering the surgery. It turns out it's not an option for her, but we kept emailing, texting and talking via FaceTime.

We quickly realized that our lives strangely coincided when it came to epilepsy, then our friendship grew to the point where we found out that we were similar it many more ways. Our personalities really did mesh well together. We hold nothing back about our lives. There really are no secrets... It's like she's my sibling, only 4,000 miles away. Truly a strange thing considering we come from pretty different backgrounds, and cultures.

We talk about everything. Epilepsy, family, work and the lack thereof, language, culture, food, and tea vs. coffee. The list goes on and on. I'm still baffled as to how our friendship grew so quickly. Now we do not have a day where we don't shoot each other at least one message to each other each day. I look forward to it everyday, and I will admit that now my day wouldn't feel right if I didn't talk to her.

Sara, and everyone else in my life knows about her and our closeness. They too are so happy that I have her in my life. Not just because we support each other epilepsy-wise, but also that I have a best friend, even though she's so far away. 

This is the second time in under a year, months actually, that she's been able to make the trip to Chicago. I know I'll be able to visit London someday soon, but I'm so happy that she's had the time and resources to visit Sara and I. 

This week we're going to walk the city. Talk, shop, visit museums and eat. I'm sure there will be a lot of laughing and crying, both of which I'm looking forward to.

I know that you're reading this Jacqui, and I want you to know... I want everyone else reading this to know that you've changed my outlook on not only epilepsy, but life itself. I thank you for that. This week is going to be great. A great week with a great friend. xx