One of the joys of journalling is being able to go back and read what I was thinking and experiencing in the past. Two years ago on Thanksgiving, I was preparing to start chemo on Black Friday 2012. No shopping for me. But 7 hours hanging out with about 20 other people getting chemo, members of my family, and my new family – the oncology staff.
Going into this experience, I wrote in my journal on Thanksgiving 2012 some of these thoughts:
“Going into this Thanksgiving I am looking at it differently than usual.”
“Having been in excellent health . . . has led me to take being healthy for granted.”
“I am thankful for family, church family, work colleagues, and friends who are already and will continue to support us through this journey.”
” I am thankful for medical professionals who know how to deal with cancer.”
“I am thankful for biblical examples like Habakkuk who are thankful when most would question why. I am thankful that God is in us, with us, for us and on our side.”
“I am thankful for peace with everything happening.”
As I think about this Thanksgiving, the list is very much the same. I am thankful for family, friends, colleagues, church, and medical staff. I am also thankful for being cancer free, for being able to learn lessons from the journey and apply to my life. I am thankful for my new friends who are still fighting cancer, but are receptive to the power of prayer and support to help the get through it regardless of the outcome.
Counting my blessings this Thanksgiving,
A Boomer In Transition