Cancer Patient Shocked by Kindness from Stranger

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A woman battling breast cancer was equal parts shocked and grateful by the kind words and actions from a complete stranger while she was dining with her family.

Jerina Edwards was dining with her family at a Chinese restaurant Wednesday night. When the family was getting ready to leave, they asked the waitress for the check. Instead of bringing over their bill, the waitress handed them a note from one of the other customers.

The note read: “I lost my wife to cancer five years ago. I know how tough it can be going through this. Your meal is on me. Merry Christmas.”

The diner who paid for the meal did not identify him or herself, but Jerina and her family were deeply touched by the gesture.

“More than anything, having cancer has shown me that there are a lot of good people in this world,” Jerina wrote on her Facebook page, as she posted a picture of the note to thank the mystery person who left it. The post has already been shared more than 1,700 times.

Jerina says she is halfway through her treatment, but she has already seen the importance of reaching out to support people who are enduring a tough battle, whether it be cancer or something else.

“We’ve have been showered with love by people – many of whom we don’t even know,” Jerina says. This is just one example of it. There is so much good in this world. I will spend the rest of my life paying it forward & am so grateful.”

She adds that little gestures like the one in the restaurant can have a big impact on someone in her position.

“It has been hard, I have fought,” Jerina wrote on the Facebook post. “I have been sick, tears have been shed, I have missed out on things, I have lost my hair, and I will lose my breast, but I will live. My parents will still have their daughter, my husband will still have his wife, my children will still have their mother. Whoever you are – thank you.”