Thursday, November 22, 2012

Today, I'm simply grateful

Today, it's Thanksgiving in the U.S., and I love that everyone is so focused on gratitude. It makes it so easy to be focused on gratitude in one's own life, no matter what is going on around us.

I'm a big one for gratitude. In fact, since I began  my journey with TNBC, I've committed myself to finding the thing to be in love with and grateful for in every moment of this crazy, wild ride. Sure, we all have our moments, but so far, it's going pretty well.

One of the reasons I wanted to "officially"share this blog today, even though I've got a stockpile of posts drafted since my diagnosis last month that I'll gradually be filling in with as time and energy permits, is because I am so deeply, deeply grateful for all that I'm experiencing. I'm so grateful for my incredible, expanding-everyday, posse of healers, new and old friends, and family. I'm so grateful for all I'm learning through this healing journey.

And, because I know it's hard sometimes to be in that space, I wanted to send a little of that juju out into the world in support of all survivors, healers and caregivers. Let 11/22/2012 be a celebration of life and of gratitude. And if it just ain't one of those days, and you just can't muster that big of a chicken wing, just be kind to yourself. Be gentle on yourself. Take a deep breath and let today be one of ease. If you're on a similar journey to mine, you might enjoy this quote as well... it's kind of a nice way to just let that breath back into the lungs.

A little daily practice I do, based on a combination of
Joe Vitale's Zero Limits version of ho'o-pono-pono and
Belleruth Naparstek's
A Meditation to Help You Fight Cancer.
I know a lot of folks are doing 30 days of gratitude, or daily lists of what they're grateful for. All I can say is, to those who are about to thank in this fashion, I salute you! These deep practices amaze me and inspire me right now! Kicking can't-sir's ass is suddenly a lot of work, so I'm just going to keep it brief for once.

Today, I'm simply grateful. My first chemo didn't totally kick my ass (thank you, Dr. B for the anti-nausea meds!). No bone pain from the Neulasta shot (thank you, Nurse Brooke for the Claritin-D suggestion!). The incisions seem to increase by the day, and even though I really do look like I've been in a knife-fight with an eight-armed baddie, they are all healing up really nice (thank you, Dr. C for the awesome slicing and dicing!).

Today, I'm alive and kicking. I have people who love me and keep loving and forgiving me on a daily basis which is just miraculous, and I might even muster a couple bites of pecan pie if it's on offer later on. That's pretty much the definition of awesome in my book right now.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone. I'm grateful for you.

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