Sometimes the best thing you can say is, "You Got This!"
Her hair wasn't long like it was before she started treatment, but it was during the time she'd lost it all and discovered what she was made of.
"I've been wanting to apologize to you since last time I saw you and didn't recognize you. It's been bothering me ever since that day at how insensitive that was of me." It was the first time I saw her without her long hair and not on the soccer field.
"It's ok, I don't think I recognized myself most of the time." She ran her fingertips through her short hair that was growing back all nice and thick. She became her most beautiful self and said she learned things about herself that she didn't realize she was capable of.
I didn't really know what to say because I've never had to go through what she's gone through. "I hope you never have to," she said. "I was hoping to have more soccer games last year while going through the treatment, but I just couldn't. I stayed active, but it was just too hard. I couldn't have done this without my family."
She shared life changing lessons she's worked through, and it all made me honor and respect her even more. Being strong and independent, it's not an easy lesson to learn that we don't need to do it all by ourselves sometimes. And that we don't need to be the strongest.
"It's humbling," we both said at the same time and looked down at the ground.
If only she could realize how strong she is, even at her weakest. If only more of us would be willing to see the strength and the beauty in one another, even at our own weakness.
I didn't know what else to say. Sometimes the best thing you can say is, 'you got this,' so I did.