My friend is 58
I’ve known Anna since I was 14
….took refuge in her house when my mother’s boyfriend assaulted and tried to rape me
Poor like me
Ashamed like me
Just a girl like me
We were good friends
Just teenagers growing up together
Playing the same stupid pop song 100 times
Trying beauty tricks; she ironed my hair and burnt my head
We laughed hysterically.
We were just happy to be friends so we laughed together
when things were bad
I woke up groggy one day sleeping over her house during high school
And brushed my teeth with her mother’s preparation H.
We peed ourselves
I went into foster care when my mother died
We lost each other
…..then I just searched for her on Facebook one day. There she was! I contacted her….she wasn’t sure who I was….but after some testing, we immediately fell into place talking daily and soon met in Central Park 6 years ago.
5 years ago she was diagnosed with Lupus. She’s become swollen and bent with arthritis and often cannot walk a block. Her hair is falling out. She has fibromyalgia. Emphysema. All due to the auto-immune of Lupus.
I enjoy every moment with her. I’m happy to have few friends. I expect a lot of trust. I pray for her health. She’s vibrant and she worries about being in a wheelchair.
God Bless Us