2018 marks the 2nd Thanksgiving since my diagnosis with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.  Part of my journey to being more mindful and present with my children and within myself has been to practice being thankful.  Sometimes it is as simple as remembering to say thank you to someone holding a door, sometimes it is the bigger stuff, like being able to start my 17th cycle of Ibrance after two (2) weeks off due to low white blood cells.   It is cliche, but looking for the silver lining can be extremely uplifting.  Of course, sometimes there is no silver lining no matter how hard I look.

This Thanksgiving, I will do my best to remain in the moment, to not wonder if this is the last Thanksgiving I will have the privilege of participating in, and to truly revel in the celebration of family.

Happy Thanksgiving, 2018.

One thought on “Thanksgiving

  1. Thank you for sharing your life and your journey with all of us. Today I got to share Thanksgiving with my father for the 1st time in 17 years. He’s 89. It may be his last Thanksgiving. And maybe it’s not. Being present means, to me, not dwelling in the regrets of what wasn’t for so long and also not dwelling on the fears of what if this is the last?. Treasuring this moment, that smile or sigh, that bite of deliciousness, the touch of his hand.
    Being present is a gift we give ourselves. Stay blessed.


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