Of course there is Clint. Being more like a brother to me than a friend he as quietly and patently carried the burden of worrying about me and continued the operations of our company by himself without ever complaining. Even though he doesn't say so, I assume that the last few weeks at work have been difficult at times. When Angela was still in Thompson during the first few days after the initial diagnosis he made sure that I didn't have to be alone by visiting and spending the night. When I woke up at 3:00 AM covered in sweat and panicking it meant the world to me that I knew that he was sleeping next door.
And then there is David. I always considered him a good friend but his level of support and involvement truly surprised and touched me. He has called almost daily to see how I feel and to make sure that he is aware of every development. He visited often and spend a few nights here, not wanting me to ever be alone. He regularly made sure that I would not have to go to medical appointments by myself and only after being assured that either Angela or Clint would be around, agreed not to make the hour ride into the city to be there.
But there are countless others.
Kevin, who left regular messages to see if I need company and to let me know that he is praying for me, Angus and Stefanie who left DVDs and baked goods, Laura, who sent gifts, Leilani who helped us make arrangements and dropped off a wonderful book, Leslee and the team at MTYP who called and brought gifts and many, many other people who left messages and emails showing their support and offering help in any way possible. Even my dentist called and said he would say a prayer for me. Angela and I found food items on our doorstep more than once.
I am sorry that I am not mentioning everyone by name but please know that every call, message and thought were very import to Angela and myself.
Those who know me know that I am an insecure person deep in my heart. I always wondered if people liked me and was often unsure how I came across socially. Cancer has taught me something that has given me deep contentment and peace:
My name is Olaf Pyttlik. My legacy is that I am truly loved by some very amazing people.
Thank you all for that.