Monday, November 19, 2007


As I woke up this morning, I was thinking about Thanksgiving and all the things I have to be thankful for....I was overwhelmed. Yeah, I am not real thankful for getting cancer, but if someone had to get it, I am glad it was me. Here is why.....Grant and I have enough financial security to handle this, Grant's company has amazing health care coverage for us, I love my house, we have heat and electricity everyday so my family is comfortable, I have so many friends and family that take care of us, I have seen friends I haven't seen in years that cook and clean for me, I always have enough food for me and my family, I have friends that still give me crap, I have amazing medical care, I have amazing nurses, I have amazing doctors, I have good cars that can get me to and from all my appointments, I have reserved parking for radiation, I can still afford gas, I have two healthy, amazing, wonderful kids that make me smile everyday, I can drink cold things right now, I can eat ice cream again (that will change when I am back on chemo), I can feel the tips of my fingers again, I can feel the bottoms of my feet again, I still have hair, I still have fingernails and toenails (although they are on the edge of breaking off all the time), I can still scrapbook, I can print pictures at home, I still have a sense of humor and was laughing so hard last night it hurt, I am married to an amazing man, my youngest flirts with my Mom, my eldest insists on calling my Mom upon his return home from their house to say, "Don't worry, I be back soon. I am with Mommy and Daddy now, but I be back soon.", there is always enough food at Thanksgiving for one more, my neighbors, and the list goes on forever. So, be thankful today for all the little things that make our lives what they are. When we are born, no one promises us forever, health, happiness, or joy. We create it everyday with every moment. All we have is right now. So, if you burn the turkey, smile and call it jerky. If someone doesn't bring the stuffing, eat more potatoes. But most importantly, be thankful that you had the opportunity for both. Happy Thanksgiving week, Ang


Anonymous said...

All right, now you've gone and made me cry. What beautiful reflections and sentiments. This year, in addition to all the things you've mentioned, I will be giving thanks for YOU. Thanks for keeping us all grounded, reminding us to be watchful of the beauty in every day, and treasuring our loved ones. Big hug to you & your family,

Anonymous said... have learned the cancer lesson. Each moment is precious. Do not waste time holding grudges, forgetting what is important and just how lucky you are. Cancer, I know from experience,gives you a different pair of eyes to really really see what is priceless in the world. Sometimes it takes tough times to appreciate what we do have. Hugs, Pam..Even Lance Armstrong is grateful for his cancer and the way it changed his life.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully said! love to that wonderful group known as The Clarnos!!! pat&mag

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for you Angie, when I start feeling selfish I think about all you are going through and it brings me back to reality about what is important.


Anonymous said...

Angie!! You beautiful, amazing woman! This is Kathy Piersall from Highline :-) I had dinner tonight w/ Jill Rogerson and some of the girls, and Jill told me about the cancer & your blog. First of all, damn it!!! This sucks!! (Not the blog, the cancer! And I know, I'm not terribly eloquent, am I?) But I'm also so proud of you, and amazed by your blog. In the picture on the front you look exactly the same! It's like you haven't aged a day ;-) And your babies -- adorable! Please know you are in my prayers - you have all my strongest wishes & hopes for your recovery & for an amazing holiday with your family.
With all my love,
Kathy P

leslie kendall said...

Hi Angie - I just love Thanksgiving because it truly gives us the time to pause and truly be thankful. This year, I am adding you to my list of people and things to be thankful for. You have truly made me slow down and enjoy life more and to also look at people thru different eyes. When I see you and stare it is because you look so good and I don't think anyone would ever guess what you are going through - so I try to take that with me in my life and look at people and wonder what their life is like - because you really can't judge a book by it's cover. Have a Happy Thanksgiving with your beautiful boys -