Relationships seem to be the theme of this episode. From broken to embraced, let’s review what's happening. I was proud of Vicki for extending an olive branch, as Steve said. She wants to mend the relationship that has spanned a ten year period. It’s sad how a relationship that was so tight has drifted so far apart. But it was important enough to Vicki that she apologized. I guess Tamra is still wounded and doesn't seem to want to mend fences yet, but seeing as they were so close, it may just be a matter of time.
Unless it it's a matter of misunderstanding again. Perhaps we all need to be clearer when we speak. Like when I explained my ailment to each of the ladies...maybe there was a preconceived notion that I was trying to deceive them, so they weren't listening attentively. Obviously, I'm having the difficulty in the realization of what I've gone through, but again, here is a quick recap:
- saw a mass
- an MRI confirmed the mass
- pre-cancer cells found
- removed a 25mm mass (3mm of which was cancerous), negative BRACA
- double mastectomy
- checked lymph nodes (found to be cancer free since caught early)
- expanders put in
- removal of expanders
- replaced with implants
Hopefully this clears it up for the whole world!
Diko may have misinterpreted David’s intentions due to manner in which David came back with questions at him that appeared to be more interrogative rather than concern. This was the first time Diko and David had met, and I feel like maybe their two strong personalities clashed. In hindsight, after a few more encounters with David, as well as further insight from Doug and Michael about David’s personality, Diko reevaluated his initial reaction towards their encounter on the boat. The next time they met, Diko and David were more amicable as they had a better understanding of each other’s personalities. David’s questions were clearly out of confusion, and he was really just looking for clarification on the specifics of my medical condition.
Subsequently, Diko felt that he owed Shannon an apology and explanation on his perspective and reaction. His intention was to make sure that Shannon understood where he was coming from and avoid ungrounded friction. He felt that Shannon was owed the two sides of the story and wanted to own up to his misinterpretation of David’s personality and intentions, which was the cause of my negative reaction towards David as well. Unfortunately, Shannon felt very defensive about the situation and wasn’t open to hearing Diko, much less accepting the gesture he was putting forward. I’m saddened that his good intentions and his humble gesture went to waste when Shannon saw it as an attack.
To the party! Yes, I am very thankful that we have survived 22 years together. It hasn't been easy — we have gone through a lot. We had a humble beginning and are very cognizant of the fact that we have made it very far. And yes, we do enjoy it! We savor every minute. I hope everyone is as fortunate as we are. Work hard, and I mean hard. Diko didn't just put in eight hour days; no, he worked all day and all night to get his business on its feet. As a family, we sacrificed a lot to make this happen. It is a family affair, including Diko’s parents and sister Nancy who are still part of the business. I’m so happy that all the ladies were at the party. Hopefully, they enjoyed the atmosphere. I did, like Tamra said, I was in my element with no resting bitch face. Lol! My only complaint was that the girls didn't include Lydia and Vicki in the hookah session. But my handsome son did stay with Vicki, who seemed to adore him — who wouldn't? I LOOOOOVE my son!
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