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A night to remember

Submitted by Emma Norton

I recently asked my best friend if we could go camping, just the two of us. I've been doing chemotherapy and have surgery scheduled on March 14th. I've been nervous that if we didn't go before that, we would never be able to experience that together.

Jennifer has been one of the best things to happen to me. I moved to Texas and met her within a month. It was a slow-going friendship just learning about each other and growing close. Over the past year, a very strong friendship formed.

Just a little over a month ago, I found out I had stage 3 ovarian cancer and Jen was the second person I told (second only to my boyfriend). Ever since, she has been my rock and I have no idea what I would do without her. Several times we have talked about going fishing or camping. Life, jobs and responsibilities kept us from going.

Finally, even though only for a night, we went out to McKinney Falls State Park. We hiked over 8 miles and it was amazing! We built a fire and sat around it talking until the wee hours of the morning like you see people doing in the movies. We were harassed by a raccoon and Jen went fishing in the rain the next morning while I took a nap to the sound of rain dripping down on our tent.

The best part of the trip was right at the end. The rain was coming down and we were packing up. A young girl was setting up her camp and realized her tent had no top to it. It was all mesh and the rain was able to get right inside. Feeling sorry for the girl and not really wanting to pack up our tent in the rain, we told her to take over our site and let the rangers know they were moving! That made me feel really good on the ride home since they were setting up for the week and it was going to rain for the next 3 days.

My amazing best friend who really needs to win the BFF-of-the-year award gave me something to look forward to the past two weeks and memories to last forever. No matter what happens come the 14th, we will always have McKinney Falls together and no one--not even her--can ever know how much that night of camping means to me.

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