I’m normally very appreciative of all things big and small in my life but this year I’m especially thankful. As you know, I spent much of this year battling cancer. Although, I had been advised by my doctors and nurses to join a support group, I was never compelled to do so. From the time I was diagnosed to the end of treatment I was surrounded by an incredible amount of love and support. Family, friends, and even folks I didn’t know were ever present and always encouraging. I was overwhelmed. I also had great doctors. I credit them as well with making my journey and my prognosis positive. For all of you, I am thankful and I feel very fortunate to have you in my life.
While my loved ones are a thousand miles away having turkey and fixins, I will be spending Thanksgiving again on the road in service to the survivors of SuperStorm Sandy. After work I’ll make my way back to the hotel, enjoy a can of soup, and catch up on my rest. It might not seem like much but I’m grateful for the opportunity and energy to do this kind of work, and things could be worse. There are many displaced people here who will be eating their Thanksgiving dinner in soup kitchens and some whose family members won’t be present this year.
Today, while you’re enjoying the company of your loved ones and the delicious food on your table, remember those who are less fortunate and really appreciate what you have. I do. I really do. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!