Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Raise your hand if you know my friend Shelby or have ever heard me talk about her? Wow, that’s a lot of you. I can’t say as though I am surprised because she is pretty awesome and hard to forget. She was the very first friend that I made at college. We met at freshman orientation 10 years ago and have been friends ever since. I also have the privilege of working with her every day (okay not every day because we get to work from home sometimes). I say privilege because I truly believe that working with her (and my other great co-workers) is what makes my job so great. How many people can say that?

Anyway…Some of you already know that Shelby has been in the hospital since last Thursday. It all started over a month ago with a headache and some pain behind her right eye. Both progressively worsened to the point that it was unbearable for her. So…6 (maybe 7) doctors, 2 MRIs, an MRA, a Cat Scan, an angiogram and many many prayers later she was diagnosed with an aneurysm last Thursday. She underwent a successful brain surgery on Friday morning and is now recovering in the hospital. If you want details on her condition, surgery, etc. visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/shelbyrhoten.

Shelby has a spirit that is indescribable. She lights up every room that she walks in and demands attention wherever she goes. Did I say demands? I meant commands. She commands attention wherever she goes. People are just naturally taken by her. Her sassy, conquer-anything attitude, combined with all the love and support she received, helped her to whip that silly aneurysm. Brain surgery was no match for our Shleby! Let me tell you about the love and support – WOW! It has been less than five days since her mom set up her caring bridge site and she has over 2600 visits. Not to mention all of the people that flooded the waiting room to support her on Friday. There were so many people that we were in 3 separate waiting rooms!

I could go on forever, but I won’t. I will end by saying that I have been thanking God a lot lately for putting her in my life and for lifting her up in her time of need. I pray that she has a quick and easy recovery. She is already well on her way and I am SO PROUD of her for keeping such a great “Shelby” attitude throughout this whole ordeal.

Well, that’s all. I have to go list her as one of my heroes on my myspace page now. =)


The Engle Family - Matt, Courtney, and Nate said...

Wow....what a great, great friend you are! I don't know Shelby, but I will say many prayers for her. Just as you feel lucky to know her, she is just as lucky to know you.

Meg said...

Wow, Shelby is in my prayers. I will tell my Shelby about her too- she will think that it is very cool and will want to meet "Shelby" someday. :)

Meg said...

Oh my gosh! Her mom uses "Shelbyisms" on her site! Did you see that? They must be true kindred spirits! :)