Super Powers

“If you had a super power, what would it be?”  My son has asked me this question on more than one occasion.  I always say flight, or invisibility.  I love how kids think about these things.  Grown ups think about what they would do if they won the lottery.  Kids just think about cool things like super strength.

I learned today that there really are humans with super powers.  As I sat with my friend in an “infusion room” all day I soaked up a world I have never known.  There are so many different walks of life in a room receiving chemotherapy.  My friend was the one with the upbeat, incredible spirit.  You can see in her eyes that she knows everything is going to be ok. She experiences real fear, frustration and discomfort, but never lets it harsh her mellow.

There were men and women of different ages, races, and economic backgrounds.    Once in that room, they were all the same.  Some were sleeping, some where stressing, and some were laughing all day (us).  There were angels in the room, my friend’s angel was named Omega.  I got nervous when she said her name.  Really?  Her nurse’s name means “the end?”  Not sure I was liking this.  As I got to know Omega, I realized she may be one of the kindest people I have ever met.  She was thorough, gentle, caring and empathetic.  She has been Cancer free herself for 13 years.  Then it hit me…Omega is the beginning of the end.  The end of my friend’s Cancer.

I noticed, too, that some people really do have a super power.  It was faith.  They all sat in their big giant pink chairs with poison being pushed into their veins…with faith that everything will be ok.  Incredible.

We both hugged Omega when we left today, and not one of those oh-it-was-nice-to-meet-you hugs.  We really hugged her.  Her super strength was radiating like the sun, it was healing, comforting and an energy I hope will stick around for a while.

Super Hero 😉



  1. kimmy said,

    February 5, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Purely AWESOME! My eyes are filled with tears because I know those hugs that Omega got. I am sending many good healing thoughts to you both…keep up the amazingness Heather and give Marissa a huge hug for me…what a Superhero! I love you both! xo Kimmy

  2. Marlene said,

    February 6, 2010 at 5:06 am

    This post brought me to tears Heath. Happy tears! Sure is nice to know there are kind, loving and empathic people out there. Angels – nicely put! Keep up with this blog – I love reading your posts! You are a gifted writer.

  3. Kathy N said,

    February 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes as well.
    Hugs to all. Love you

  4. Carole S. said,

    February 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Never give up. Never Surrender.

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