Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thankful and Grateful

Thanksgiving for our family marks the beginning of the holiday season, so I want to begin by wishing all of you a happy, blessed gathering with friends and loved ones.  May your heart be full and your soul be light! 

Now, onto the tricky part: what am I thankful for?  It's not that I cannot come up with anything; I just cannot narrow it down to fit in one post!  As all the thoughts circle in my head, I keep coming back to one in particular. Without this one blessing, I would not be able to enjoy my time with family and friends, be an active part of my son's life, or feel the gratitude of being a speech pathologist.  I have seen so many friends, loved ones, and a few family members suffer and battle health challenges, but at the ripe old age of 43, I count my blessings for my good health.  Sure, I could stand to lose a few pounds, 10 pounds, 15 pounds, and I don't move as quickly as I used to in the morning as I head down the stairs to let the dog out, but I'm healthy. I stay on top of my annual check-ups and encourage friends to get their mammograms, and then I say a little prayer of gratitude when I get the all clear phone call.

I'm thankful for my health and I do what I can to help those who are fighting the good fight against breast cancer by taking active roles in the Avon Walks in Chicago over the last four years.  I have walked and worked alongside survivors, people who have lost loved ones to cancer, and women and men like me who just want to help because we can make a difference.  The holidays are a good reminder for me not to take my good fortune for granted and to show my gratitude by giving to those in need.  So, as we prepare for the holiday season, I will do what I love, spend quality time with family and friends, and give thanks for each day, each step, and each hour.   


My first year as a walker, I dedicated miles to specific people
and saved this dedication for the finish line.

A very rainy end to my second year participating
 in the Avon Walk Chicago.

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13 comments:

  1. Thank YOU for walking for all the folks with breast cancer!

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  2. Can't underestimate being in good health. We don't think about it often but boy when we are sick we realize how important it is. Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. You're so right--without good health we could never fully enjoy all the blessings around us. Your walks for cancer are a wonderful gesture of support. And I'm so thankful that you are a member of The Frenzied SLPs. We are so lucky to have you in this group!

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    1. You are too kind! Thanks so much, friend!! I'm super proud to be part of this amazing collection of clever, smart, and talented SLPs!

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  4. Good health is an amazing benefit-and one that can be easy to take for granted. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. This post really hits home for me since I just lost a dear friend (age 35) to cancer. It's made me more grateful for all the things God does NOT give us. I'm also thankful to have connected with you, Nanette! Hoping we get to meet one day!

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    1. Mia, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your young friend. I too am thankful to have connected with a speech celebrity like yourself! You remind me that I still have so much that I can learn and I hope to meet you one day too! I will be star struck for sure when that day arrives!

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  6. Excellent post! Annual mammograms are a must. My sister just finished up her treatment. Actually, halfway through her scan showed it was gone. :)

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    1. Thank you, Mary!! I'm so happy to hear about your sister's great news!

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  7. What a wonderful post to remind me to be intentional about my health.
    All Y’all Need

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  8. Wonderful post and thank you for sharing this personal journey

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