A phrase that is frequently offered as a sort of condolence to someone who has hit a hard patch in their life is, "I know how you feel". As consoling as this is, most of the time it is probably not true. You really don't know how a particular set of circumstances feels until you have experienced them.
The first thing that people who haven't talked to Lynette in a while ask is, "How are you doing?" Lynette got really tired of answering this question when things were not going in the right direction. Now that she's getting better, it doesn't seem to bother her too much. Even though, when someone does ask her this question, she responds in the cheeriest tone, "Doin' great!"
There is a multitude of reactions to our situation, both within our home and from our friends and family. It is amazing all of the support we have received from all of you. At home, this experience has strenthened our relationship. We have come to appreciate some of the qualities in each other that we had not seen a lot of in the past: perseverence, dedication. Lynette is possessed with the most positive attitude you could imagine. It's hard not to love that.