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3 things you're thankful for....

3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Lacey_adminCCS on Oct 8, 2019 11:07 am

Thanksgiving is around the corner and it is a good time to focus on what we are thankful for. It can be difficult during hard times to think about the positives we have in our lives but it can also be helpful!

Hit the reply button and take a moment to share 3 things you are thankful for below 😊


Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Brighty on Oct 8, 2019 11:16 am

Lacey_adminCCS‍  I was gonna  start this thread but thought it might be too early lol.  I am thankful first and foremost for this community and new friends I made.    I am thankful for the friends I made in grief support group .   I am thankful Dan's family still considers  me part of their family.      I am thankful for my family  and friends.    I am thankful  I have a job (no CUPE strike)  and a roof over my head.    And.. of course my sweet chubby fur ball kitty Vinnie who  I love more than life.    
Help is out there. All you have to do is reach out.

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Runner Girl on Oct 8, 2019 12:17 pm

I am thankful for:

1.  The people on this site who are like friends/family
2.  My cats
3.  A roof over my head, a job to pay for said roof

But most of all I am thankful to the doctors and medical staff that look after me, I'm still here thanks to them!

Runner Girl
Never stop believing in HOPE because MIRACLES happen every day!

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Elizabeth06 on Oct 8, 2019 12:46 pm

I am grateful for my husband, a wonderful caregiver, always by my side.
i am grateful for this body of mine, despite extensive metastatic disease, it continues to function.
i am grateful to all the brave souls who have gone before me, participated in trials and allowed the development of the drugs that have provided curative treatment to all the early stage breast cancer folks out there, and have extended my life.
happy thanksgiving 

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Brighty on Oct 8, 2019 3:44 pm

I forgot to add a very special  boy I am grateful  for.  My dog nephew Brighty.    He has been in the family for 10 years.     Before Vinnie came along it was Brighty who licked my tears away and brought me comfort.   Whenever I cried it was Brighty who snuggled up beside me.  I got to 'borrow' him whenever I was sad.       Now I have  very own special  boy named Vinnie who is currently  in the bathtub  drinking from the running tap.    
Help is out there. All you have to do is reach out.

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Cynthia Mac on Oct 9, 2019 12:23 pm

I am thankful

1. For the people here and in my geographic circle for the kind words and support offered to me this past, difficult summer
2. That Dad’s last round of tests showed a reduction in all of his tumours
3. That I have the means to have seen many beautiful places in this world (and once I book a flight, I’ll be all set to see some more.)

Happy thanksgiving, everyone!
“When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.” - Japanese saying

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by LPPK on Oct 9, 2019 2:37 pm

I am thankful for...
...my supportive and caring family
          my husband (who is my best friend, my soul mate and took such fantastic care of me on my cancer journey)
          our 3 grown children, their spouses and grandchildren who visit often and enjoy 3 generation get togethers
          my brother and his wife (also a breast cancer survivor) who helped my husband and myself throughout my journey
...the good health my husband and I currently have, we are able to travel to exciting destinations in the world
...to be living in a time where a cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a death sentence

Happy Thanksgiving everyone

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by WestCoastSailor on Oct 9, 2019 2:42 pm

To whom it may concern:

I have a little journal exercise that I do once in awhile. Part of my gratitude practice. Called the Five 5's it involves writing down the following:
 1. five things I'm grateful for right now.
 2. five positive traits or strengths.
 3. five people who believe in me.
 4. five achievements (personal, work, or projects)
 5. five things I'm looking forward to.

So having completed this just the other day for myself, I'm primed and ready.

1. Coffee to start the day and chocolate ice cream (currently enjoying Sasquatch Tracks version)to end the day.

2. Friends - yes of course all the fine people that I've "met" here but real life friends that put up with my whining and bad jokes too. And the many doctors, nurses, technicians, therapists and others have guided me on this journey.

3. Life. I think that with the cancer experience comes a new appreciation for the things that animate us, make us excited, that get us up in the morning and keep us going. Maybe it is hope.

Thanks for getting this thread started Lacey_adminCCS‍ 

My story: http://journey.anguspratt.ca

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by SpeedyStill on Oct 9, 2019 8:34 pm

The three things I am thankful for are:
1. My amazing grandchildren (of course they are amazing because they are my grandchildren) they have been my focus and have kept me believing and in turn have helped me want to live to enjoy their company
2. All the Cancer research, Oncologists, Specialists, Doctors, Nurses and thier supporting staffs who through their knowledge and dedication had the correct Chemotherapy Treatments to extend my life for 9 and 1/2 years and counting. I will add have done the same for other people on their Cancer journey.
3. My wife and my two children who I love so completly and the degree is only known by me and my creator. I was fortunate to be able to be with my wife during the births. I shed tears when I saw these two beautiful babies that had been created out of true love.
(of course they were beautiful because they were our babies)
No matter what happens to me in the future I was blessed to have the life experiences that I had with my family.
I wish everyone that reads this a happy Thanksgiving 
All the Best,

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Treepeo on Oct 9, 2019 9:04 pm

I am thankful for my family, friends, and virtual friends, and I am happy that my friends did not forget about me even though we don't see each other often now.

I am thankful that I have enough money to put food on my plate and a roof over my head, and that I can take a trip if I want to.

I am thankful for all of the wonderful technicians, dieticians, pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and administrative staff who have helped me, and continue to help me, going through this cancer experience.  I am receiving the very best of care and for that, I am truly grateful.  

And I am thankful that my oncologist is hot.  LOL

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Carjac87 on Oct 9, 2019 10:16 pm

1. My 2 favourite men....Husband & Son!

2. My health....though far from perfect, allows me to still get about & do what I need to.

3. Our health system....even with its faults, allows us all to get care when needed.

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Ohmy on Oct 10, 2019 4:55 am

1. Family and friends who are in my life which includes all of you here.
2. Continued hope and excellence in medical attention.
3. Good short term sick leave from my employer

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Faye on Oct 10, 2019 11:34 am

1. My family, my husband who is my support everyday, my daughters and grandson  who are my world.

2.  The Canadian healthcare system including physicians, oncologists, cancer research, nurses, technicians and equipment.

3.  My life and the hope of continued life without cancer metastasis.

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Aries on Oct 10, 2019 2:19 pm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I am thankful for:

1. My family and friends - including all of you!
2. My health - despite having a stage 4, my current quality of life is excellent
3. My Oncologist and nurses at the BC Cancer Agency in Surrey helping me with this journey

But I want to add a couple more:

my life so far -
great childhood 
20 years with my hubby
lots of travel
lots of laughter (mostly at myself! haha)
all the pets I've had (erm, domestic farm pretty much)
the great outdoors

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Ohmy on Oct 10, 2019 2:20 pm

I have finished my follow up appointment with my surgeon who has the pathology report back. I'm overwhelmed that I have been told my colon cancer was stage 1. T2 n0 m0. Omg! I will see an oncologist in the next couple of weeks but my surgeon believes no chemo. I have prayed for this and my prayers have been answered. Amen

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by luvcurling on Oct 11, 2019 11:09 am

I'm thankful and grateful for:
     My family who rallied to assist with sleep overs, appointment accompaniment, sitting with me through chemo, taking time off work to help, delivering food, walking the dogs when I absolutely couldn't; my friends who organized drivers, coffee and lunch mates, check-ins and even sleep overs; my neighbours who checked in with me to make sure I was okay; everyone on this site for sharing, supporting and encouraging regardless of what's going on in their lives.
     My medical team that have listened to me, supported me and provided great care.
     My two little dogs for keeping me moving.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 


Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Tuppy on Oct 12, 2019 1:14 pm

 On this Thanksgiving weekend,I am so thankful for our Canadian heath care system, and the incredible doctors, nurses, support staff and volunteers that work within it.

My bf had surgery yesterday  to remove a large tumour from his colon. As he went in, we had no idea whether or not he would come out with a permanent colosotomy. We are only in our 40's and of course, regardless of age, no one wishes for an ostomy- but it was super stressful. On top of that, the anesthesiologist came along and scared us even more with talk of pain management. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome to be informed, but sometimes all the medical speak gets overwhelming. 

The angel of my day, was the volunteer who was a with us in the pre surgical room. She made everything seem really normal, and therefore much more ok. She told me what to expect re the logistics of the the rest of the day... recovery, how will I find him....all the questions. She took me down the hall and showed me how to speak to the recovery nurses via intercom. Finally,  she advised me, strongly, to get the heck out of the hospital for a few hours. It was going to be a long surgery and an even longer day.

I can't tell you how much better she made me feel. I no longer felt like a rudderless ship. I had a plan for the day, I knew what to do and when. As a certifiable control freak- my anxiety was greatly eased by her care. It was an extremely stressful 4 hours, but I spent it at home with my cats, waiting for the doctor's call. Against many odds, he was able to reattach everything and avoid the ostomy. 

 We are so lucky and well on the way back to a normal life.
It is incredible that we are offered this care and compassion for little more than the cost of parking. For this, I am exceeding grateful.

When the bf woke up he too was feeling extremely thankful-and lucky. He suggested we buy a lottery ticket on this most lucky of days.
We soon realized though, that we had already won.

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Cynthia Mac on Oct 13, 2019 8:30 am

Tuppy‍ , that is an awesome post! Thanks for sharing!

It’s clear that you’re having a happy Thanksgiving!
“When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.” - Japanese saying

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Ohmy on Oct 14, 2019 5:11 am

Hello Tuppy. I'm so happy for you and your boyfriend. When I woke up from my colon resection surgery, the first thing I remember asking was if I had a bag and when I was told that I didnt I went back into a deep peaceful sleep. I hope the cancer was removed and things will be optimal for him. I too was and am very thankful for the medical team and my husband and family. . Happy Thanksgiving

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by law on Oct 15, 2019 1:44 pm

WoW--- I am thankful for:

1 - Feeling healthier physically and mentally
2 - My superbly loving friends, including the folks on this site
3 - My wacko cat, Gem, who is a hoot and prances like a show pony


Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Cynthia Mac on Oct 16, 2019 10:45 am

law‍ - Cheers to wacko cats! Last night Molly came down the stairs, hopped up on the footrest of the reclining sofa, reached out a paw and grabbed a little ball of yarn off a side table. Sure enough: I looked at the clock, and it was feeding time! She sure has a way of getting my attention!
“When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.” - Japanese saying

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by law on Oct 16, 2019 2:05 pm

Cynthia Mac

Aren't cats SO clever and interesting?!
And such stoic pals during our caregiving and cancer fighting periods, as well as healthier days.

Re: 3 things you're thankful for....

Posted by Brighty on Oct 16, 2019 4:09 pm

law‍  oh ya, I can vouch for that.        I can go on and on ad nauseum about my Vinnie.    I think he learned to turn the radio on and off..........and not only that, when I came home, my electronic photo album was turned on when I got home from work, showing pictures of his cousin Brighty.  I know I didn't turn it on, so like I said in my post in the pet section, unless there's a ghost in here, this guy is figuring out everything.      
Help is out there. All you have to do is reach out.