I have so many things to be thankful for this year but it really comes down to people.
The wonderful new people that entered my life this year, the people I met last year that stuck around to see me through ongoing issues, the people I have met online like you, the people I met unexpectedly, the friends I have had forever, and those I recently reconnected with, and my family, the champions, that have stuck with me through thick and thin.
It was another year of medical drama, some of which got very serious, but I was surrounded by people virtually and physically who picked me up and saw me through the pain and the fear. There was a young man who I will probably never see again whose presence let me know there are angels everywhere.
It was a year filled with fun as I had the joy of watching my grandkids excel at sports and school. It included seeing a “bucket list” concert with my daughters. It included family getting together for holidays and birthdays. It included family and friends just coming to visit, and grandchildren staying overnight, for the weekend, or for a week or more.
It is the people in my life that give my life meaning. Hearing how serious the infection was in my arm and that I could have lost my arm or the fact that if it had not been found when we did it could have killed me really made me take stock of everything about my life. I am still dealing with some side effects/conditions that affect the choices I make in my life or that can abruptly change my plans but I hope that changes soon. Most days I feel as good as I did before cancer struck and on those days I was to be present in the people’s lives who have seen me through the good times and bad. The people that I am thankful for today.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
— Marcel Proust
Happy Thanksgiving! May you be surrouded by people that make you happy today and every day!