Thursday, November 26, 2009

My version of a Thanksgiving Prayer...

For some reason, through my diagnosis, treatment, and eventual recovery, Thanksgiving has been a big milestone for me. I've always known that once Thanksgiving arrived, I'd be done with all of the cancer nonsense and I'd be back into my normal groove. So I thought I'd take a minute and give thanks. Here goes...

I'm thankful for my husband, Seth. He is the man I always thought I'd marry, and the person I hoped to spend the rest of my life with. I'm thankful that he worked so hard every day so that we didn't have to worry about money when I was laid off. I'm thankful that he continued to tell me that I was beautiful, with or without hair.

I'm thankful for my family, especially my Mom, who never said no when I asked her to come and take care of me. I'm also thankful for her chocolate muffins and Avena. I'm thankful for my aunt who came to clean my house on more than one occasion. I'm thankful for my sister, who was brave enough to get a mammogram after my diagnosis.

I'm thankful for my friends. I'm thankful that most of you were brave enough to get past any preconceived notions of "cancer" and just be my friend. I'm thankful for the company during chemotherapy because it made the time fly by and reminded me that I'm still me, no matter what they were pumping into my veins. I'm thankful for Desmin, Marcella, Robyn, Courtney and Joe who were always ready to play cards or watch Birdie for us. I'm thankful for Josh and Jaime who brought us over dinner on many, many occasions.

I'm thankful for my puppy, Birdie, who made me get out of bed every day and knew exactly when it was ok to run around and when I needed her cuddle.

I'm thankful for my hair, my yoga practice, my black leggings, no doctor visits, fresh fruit and vegetables, mascara, pumpkin bread pudding, my taste buds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Northwestern Hospital, accupuncture and so much more.

Thanks for reading. Happy Thanksgiving!