Friday, October 10, 2008

Thanksgiving - A Time to Count our Blessings

Music: "Give Thanks"

As we enter into the Thanksgiving weekend, it is truly a time for all of us to count our blessings. Even though you may be affected with cancer and all of the harshness that it brings to families, I always reflect on the words
"no matter how difficult your life may be, there is always someone who is going through a worse situation".

I remember sitting in the cancer clinic a few months ago while my husband was awaiting his chemo treatment. Every available seat was taken and as one looked around, I realized that it was not only us dealing with the struggles of cancer. After a short while, the door to the chemo ward opened and a small, frail figure of a little girl appeared. She was connected to her IV and appeared very weak and worn. Her parents walked along side as she was being transported to the adjoining children's ward. In that instant, it was a wakeup moment for me, as I tried to imagine what this little child had to endure, as well as her very young parents. It definitely put things into perspective.

Most of us tend to focus on our worse scenarios, instead of on the most positives in our lives. Our family will enjoy our weekend with family and friends. Our daughters will be with us for Thanksgiving dinner, and also our best friends. We could not ask for anything more and yes, we do realize just how blessed we are that my husband is in relatively good health right now.
Since creating this website, I've received emails from people all around the world who are looking for answers in their darkest moments. I personally know that any little bit of information is helpful when you are going through a health crisis and sharing your feelings, helps get you through. I'm very thankful that my writings have provided a little comfort, just as I'm very grateful to so many others who have been there in our darkest moments with words of encouragement to keep going.
We need to focus on the sunshine behind the clouds, and not the clouds themselves.
My husband has learned to never quit, to keep a strong faith and to realize the true meaning of having family and friends surrounding you with so much love. Could one ask for anything more? It's through watching him, that our family has become so very grateful for each day and to enjoy the little things around us.
As you all celebrate this Thanksgiving weekend, remember to appreciate those around you and to always count life's little blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well. Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving and may you be surrounded by those you love. Your journey has helped me put things in perspective and I am looking forwarded to celebrating this weekend more than ever.

Anonymous said...

Being with family and friends truly is a blessing, it's like medicine, it helps us feel so much better. In this world we take so much for granted, we need to cherish every moment and live life to the fullest.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Great job with your website!
I just noticed on the left-hand side that some of the words are missing on the far left, so it is difficult to read your poem.
Look forward to your future postings.
Happy Thankgiving!

Anonymous said...

Excellent job with your website. It takes a lot of talent to create such a blog.
Keep up the good work!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving as well. You hit the nail on the head this time Debbie. We all need to be more aware of how thankful we are and how our situation differs from someone elses. I beleive in the phrase "If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it".
We have to count our blessing where we find them.