"Because of Who You Are"
A few days ago while entering a local mall, I encountered a young lady walking with her daughter and her elderly mom trying to desparately keep up as they hurried towards the parking lot. Very loud shouts of "Hurry up old lady" and "Next time you are staying home" could easily be heard from the young woman as she constantly kept turning around and accosting her mom. My first thought was of the ignorance and disrespect that was being displayed while the little granddaughter looked on. More importantly though was the young woman's disregard for not appreciating the great blessing she had of still having her mother, alive and well and able to accompany her to the mall. Such a small blessing maybe, but one that many take for granted.
It seems that it's sometimes not until illness strikes that we suddenly begin to realize just what is important in life and how many blessings we actually have every day to be so very thankful for. Those families like ours who are affected by cancer, definitely learn very quickly to appreciate every blessing.
A scan that gives a report of stability is such a wonderful blessing
A day when there are very few or no side effects felt by a cancer patient after receiving chemo or radiation treatments is a true blessing
A patient who can laugh in any given day after having suffered pain and discomfort on sooooo many difficult days is a true blessing
Finding the right cancer treatment that is showing favourable results after trying many others, is a true blessing
Desperately finding a solution that actually eases an irritable side effect is a true blessing
Interacting with other cancer patients and caregivers to provide support and encouragement is a true blessing
A cancer patient who is enjoying a relatively "good" day from sun up to sun down, is a true blessing