Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays)

Posted on October 12th, 2011

Our Friends:

Just a short note to wish all those who have been following the situation that they have a Chag Sameach. (Joyous holiday)

I am sure that the impending release of Gilad Shalit — despite the heavy price — is a reward for his family and friends who never gave up hope through all of the last five years. And it teaches all of us to never give up hope either. We must cling to our hope with every ounce of strength we have, whatever the situation.

Now, I want to make a simple request to everyone.

But first, I want to make sure that everyone knows how much we appreciate all the incredible support we receive from friends near and far on a daily basis. Chicken soup, foot massages, e-mails, Facebook comments, and prayers, prayers, prayers are all highly welcomed.

So now I have to be honest and make my request.

Please do not ask us directly for any details of Stella’s treatment. Do not ask about scans, tests, and how many chemo treatments she has had or will have. When we have news that we wish to share, believe me — we do not hesitate to share.

But should we encounter some news that is not what we wish for, we do not want to be placed in the uncomfortable position of discussing this news with everyone. It may be that we simply need to keep certain details private for our sake and that of our children.

By all means, ask about how Stella is feeling, if we need anything, or if you want to go for a run with me. That is more than welcomed. Don’t feel you need to keep your distance, we do need your support.

Just understand that we need to be “off the record” with certain news.

Thank you and Chag Sameach.

P.S. I am planning a one man bike-a-thon in the next few weeks. I don’t have time to go into details right now, but I will write about it after the holiday. Stay Tuned!

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  1. Iris says:

    Thanks for putting out this email–I was concerned I wasn’t asking enough but wanted to respect your privacy–You made it okay to respect your privacy and still convey they we are here for you both. Sukkot!! And sweet sweet memories of hanging out in your Sukkah in Potomac, laughing like crazy and enjoying the fresh air and wonderful company. Chag Sameach!

  2. Jennette says:

    You write with so much love and thank you for sharing. I found your blog on my daughters FB and I will include your beautiful wife , you and your chilfren in my prayers.

  3. Karen Eisenberg says:

    Yarden, I don’t know if you know me but we have friends in common (i.e. the Eastmans). Is there a coordinator for offers of help?

  4. Thank you. We do but are trying to actually minimize things like meals. While it is very nice, me and the kids have decided we need to have some type of control over our lives, and that means making our own meals when we can.

    Come ride a bike with me though!

  5. Karen Eisenberg says:

    If I ride a bike there will be two patients that you’ll have to deal with. I can also give rides, make calls etc. And when there’s good news you’ll need help to make the seudat hodaya.