There are so many things in my life right now that I am thankful for so I decided that is what I would talk about in this post! First, and foremost, I am thankful for my relationship with God. He has blessed me with so much and given me a reason to be thankful for so many other things in my life. He keeps on providing for me and never disappoints me. I believe that He did not give me cancer but that He has a purpose for me going through this at this point in my life and He is going to use it to bring Him glory. 1 Corinthians 2:8-9 states “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” Although I do not clearly know his plans for me at this point, I am going to trust in Him, love Him and praise Him every step of the way.
I am also thankful for my family. I seriously don’t know what I would do without them right now. I am so lucky to have such wonderful parents, a loving sister, and a selfless Nanny. As I stated in a previous post, my Nanny has done so much for me and I am so lucky to have her here. My parents have been amazing as well! They have waited on me hand and foot when I don’t have the energy to move, gotten up with me in the middle of the night, and would literally take my place in all of this if they could. My sister has been so sweet as well. She was supposed to go on a spring break trip with all of her pledge sisters in a few weeks but decided she should stay home and take care of her sister instead. How awesome is that? My extended family has been wonderful as well. Someone from my extended family calls every day to check on me and I have gotten so many texts, emails, cards, etc. as well. Also, almost all of them has been to visit me already and I always love seeing them! I love all of them so much and I am so lucky to have such an amazing support system.
I am thankful for my boyfriend and his awesome family. As I stated in my last post, Will had been sick most of last week and that means we couldn’t see each other at all because my immune system is not so good. However, he started feeling better yesterday and stayed up late last night cleaning his whole house so I could come over tonight and hang out and not get sick. He also has been at almost every doctor’s appointment and has sacrificed many extracurricular activities to be with me. His parents are also really great! Will’s mom, Jennie, stayed with me the day after my first chemo treatment and has offered to take off work whenever I need her to be with me. She is also always bringing me magazines and trying to plan fun things for me to do. Did I mention that Will’s sister, Ashley, has organized meals for my family every Wednesday that I have chemo up through my last treatment? She is awesome! She has also brought us meals herself and got me hooked up with this Beth Moore bible study as well. I previously mentioned in a post about Will’s sister-in-law, Jodi, setting me up with a pamper day which was great and very much appreciated! Last, but not least, Will’s family in Texas has been very intentional about calling, texting, and sending cards to check up on me. They are all very sweet and I am thankful for each one of them!
I am thankful for such sweet neighbors. Our neighbors next door to us are like family! Ever since we moved in, we have had a connection with the Varnell’s. We get together with them for birthdays, Christmas, and other random occasions. They are such a blessing in my life. They also have very sweet daughters who, although no longer live here, have been so sweet to me as well. Lindsey and I got very close this summer when she was living at home while her husband was overseas and she checks in on me all the time. While I don’t get to see Ashley as often, she has been so sweet about messaging me often as well and she has such a big heart. There are other families in our neighborhood who have brought desserts, cards, flowers, etc. and I am so thankful for their friendship and concern as well.
I am thankful for all my amazing friends! I can’t even begin to tell you how overwhelmed I have been from the outpouring of love I have gotten from my friends during all of this. I have gotten texts, calls, Facebook messages, emails, gifts, been put on so many different prayer lists, etc. I have also had so many friends come and visit me and I love the time we have gotten to spend together. I want each and every one of you to know how thankful I am for each of you. It sure makes the path that I’m on easier to go down when I have people who care about me helping me along the way.
I am thankful for my parent’s co-workers. It was so awesome to come home the day of my diagnosis and have the entry way filled with tons of balloons, flowers on the kitchen table, and dinner in the fridge. All of this was from my dad’s wonderful co-workers. That is not all they have done. They have brought other meals, sent cards, sent flowers, etc. They are so amazing! My mother’s co-workers are just as equally wonderful. They have brought meals, desserts, cards, gifts, flowers, etc. My parents are so fortunate to have such great people in their lives on a daily basis. Their love and concern means so much to me!
Lastly, but definitely not least, I am thankful for those of you who have expressed Christ’s love to me. There have been so many people who have written on my blog multiple times, sent me cards, called, texted, etc. and you have no idea how much that means to me. I want each of you to know that I am so thankful for you and because of you I want to be intentional about showing others how much I care for them as well. Thanks so much for the continued prayers and thoughts.
I have felt pretty good this past week and I am so thankful for that as well. My dad mentioned Friday that he has a meeting in Marco Island, Florida in August that my family may attend to celebrate winning my fight against Lymphoma. I am so thankful to have something like that to look forward to. My mom mentioned this weekend to her sister that she has often wished that we could fast forward to August and be done with all of this. However, she stated that we might miss the blessings in between. How right she was because there have already been so many. My mom’s family was down this weekend to see me and we had a great time! I am thankful for good weekends when I get to take my mind off what I am going through and laugh!
I return to Mercy Hospital on Wednesday to have my third chemo treatment and see the doctor. While I am really anxious about this, I am also looking forward to being able to say “only 9 more to go!” I have heard that the treatments should get easier each time and I hope that is true. I ask for your continued prayers that God will give me strength and energy to persevere. I also pray that this treatment doesn’t cause more hair to fall out (eyebrows and eyelashes) 😦 Thankfully, if it does they have replacements for those as well! 🙂 I am truly so blessed and owe all of it to the great Lord above!