But on the other hand I'm not exactly telling the truth when I assure my life partner she is not alone as she undergoes the Whipple Procedure to remove the neuro endocrine tumor from her pancreas. We both, at this point, get it that she will, indeed, be alone excluding the surgical team during the surgery and, yes, during her recovery no matter how long I wait with family to hear that the surgery was successful and no matter how many hours I sit by her bedside. Still, though, I will say anything of assurance I can summon to help her.
We are all, ultimately, alone. It's the company we keep along the way that often gives the opposite impression.
My hope is that I can be a worthy traveling companion.