Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Countdown Has Begun!

T-6 days until the amazing Kate arrives from Australia!!!!!

I honestly can't believe that we'll finally be meeting. Just to recap, Kate and I met through Loving With Chronic Illness this past spring. She found my blog via the Spondylitis Association and saw so many similarities in our stories that she decided to send me a message. All I can say is thank God she did.  Our letters and Skype conversations have come to mean everything to me and can brighten any day.  In addition to sharing the same diagnosis, we share an amazing bond and have become an unstoppable duo. From day one, she'd provided me with unspeakable comfort and has seen me through the past several months with love, optimism, strength, and complete understanding. I admire her compassion and approach to life more than I can say.

I've had so much going on (mainly boatloads of schoolwork), that it hasn't quite hit me until now: in just 6 short days, we'll be together! We'll be exploring the city, finally talking face to face, and making memories. Kate has never visited the U.S., so I want to make sure she sees as much as possible. My family has decided to postpone our Thanksgiving by two days so Kate can join us and we couldn't be more excited to have her! I also plan on fully embracing tourism when she's here - we're talking a double decker bus and everything. Aside from letting us see a lot of the city in a short period, it will be a "Spondylitis-friendly" mode of transportation. Other ideas include: A boat trip around the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Christmas tree & Macy's windows, Highline Park, Central Park Zoo museums, Broadway shows, dog watching in Riverside Park, a possible walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and a visit to my brother's apartment, and the list goes on. We're also planning to head up to Boston for a weekend to visit friends and show her a new city. While it may be ambitious, we may even make our way to Maine or Vermont! So I have ideas, but I'm more than open to more - please send any suggestions my way!

What's your list of "things you can't miss" in New York or Boston?

I wont have much time for blogging when she gets here, but  I'm really looking forward to writing about our two weeks together. Thank you, internet, for bringing Kate and amazing people like you all into my life.



  1. Maya, this is so exciting for both of you. Maybe you can send some pictures to Facebook so we can see some of the fun along the way.

    Enjoy yourself immensely. I can't wait to hear about all the fun!

  2. Thank you sooo much Cathy! I will definitely update somehow along the way. Jodi is meeting us for brunch one day and I so wish you could be joining us all <3

  3. I feel the same way. As I was reading this post I thought, "I wish I could be there." I know our paths will cross at some point. Until then, enjoy yourself with Kate and Jodi.

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  5. hooray!! i can hardly wait to see you both on sunday!!

    if you guys are feeling up to it (and the weather isn't terrible), you should take the subway to brooklyn and walk back across the brooklyn bridge. that's my favorite thing to take someone to do in the city.