The day after I got my breast cancer diagnosis, I was given a beautiful orchid plant by the Brandley family. It was loaded with blooms, and a breast cancer necklace was hanging from the stem. I set the plant on my kitchen counter so I could enjoy it multiple times a day. The orchids thrived for a month and a half, and then one by one the flowers began to fade and wither. I suddenly became aware of the timing, and I hoped that the last orchid would grace me with its presence until I completed my radiation treatments. It did, and dropped off the stem the next day.
. . . and so it is