Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at www.PDPlan4Life.com) Copyright 2013-16 Sheryl Jedlinski
By Sheryl Jedlinski
This Thanksgiving I have more to be thankful for than I can hope to repay. The fact that I am alive and kicking, and cancer free one year after being diagnosed with stage 4 endometrial cancer is nothing short of a miracle. Extensive surgery, and 18 weeks of chemotherapy made me a cancer “survivor,” the best possible outcome in the absence of a cure. Who could put a price on the gift of time to enjoy with family and friends? In my case, this time will allow me to see the birth of our first grandchild and watch our youngest son become the wonderful Dad we know he will be.
Former President John F. Kennedy advised his fellow Americans to “find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” I would include:
Even with so much to be thankful for, I never lose sight of the fact that I am not out of the woods yet, as my cancer can reoccur at any time. I have promised myself not to keep looking over my shoulder to see if it is coming for me, but rather to live each day looking ahead, keeping friends and family close, and celebrating life events, both big and small.
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get” … and that isn’t all bad.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends. Enjoy some chocolate (even if it isn’t part of the traditional holiday meal) and know that I am grateful to have you in my life.