You may recognize this soft, rich headscarf as a Lakeshore Bliss, but it has a story all it’s own.
For every woman who is going through cancer treatments this is for you. So often we get emails saying, I’m not Jewish, but I’m struggling with cancer etc… and I love your scarves.
We want you to know that we are here for you. We welcome you, we feel for you and we honor you for the sheer grit it takes to get through each day.
Our friend Ronit has been battling cancer for three years. We have seen her in periods of hope and moments of terrible pain. She doesn’t consider herself a hero, but when we speak with her we are lifted up by her determination to keep the darkness away.
Ronit herself is light. Our weekly visits to Ronit have become more than visiting the sick, they have become powerful moments of connection and growth. Often, she will ask us a question, from her bed, “What is your favorite sound?” Where do you see yourself in ten years?”
She pulls out of the mundane and into a place where we can experience something deeper, a new kind of love. No matter what we answer, her eyes shine and she nods her head. Sometimes she’s not feeling well enough to speak, and that’s okay too.
Once, early on in her diagnosis, we attended a prayer gathering on her behalf and we asked Ronit, “What message should we give to the women? She said, “Tell them, they don’t have to do great things.
“Tell them, that the greatest thing they can do is to increase the love in their homes – to be kind to their children, to appreciate their husbands, to be good to themselves.”
In honor of her message, we created a card for you to give to your loved one. The text reads –
Have I told you how much I appreciate you? My life wouldn’t be complete if you weren’t in it. I notice everything you do and I’m so grateful for the gift that is you. You inspire me. I may not have told you enough, so I’m telling you today.
Thank you for who you are.
If you would like to daven (pray) for Ronit, her name is Ronit bat Hadassa Esther. Thank you – every prayer is infinitely powerful!
The Jewish Caring Network has been helping Ronit and her family throughout all this. You can learn more about their incredible work here. (Click on the link, you won’t believe what they do.)