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Heather Von St. James was given only months to live.
She survived against incredible odds and her new goal in life is simply to:
the Odds Don’t Matter.”
This December she has asked bloggers to spread hope and thankfullness to fight the “Holiday Blues”.
I have found myself in the holiday blues lately, so this couldn’t have come at a better time!
One Thing I’m Thankful For:
Obviously my family,
But, I thought hard on this, trying to get more specific. I wanted to think of something that would bring some light and joy to everyone, but kept I coming back to one thought. I didn’t think it would be very helpful to anyone else, but couldn’t get it out of my head. There is one thing that I am counting on, leaning on, that is getting me through each day right now.
And you know what? I decided, I need to think on this for me right now. I’ve really been depressed, this being the first Christmas after a loss in our family, along with many other stresses in life currently.
Then suddenly this weekend I’m feeling the rush to get everything done, be the perfect mom, perfect in-law, perfect chef and baker, perfect gift giver & wrapper. I’m not perfect. Not anywhere close.
If I don’t get all my hand made gifts done, oh well. If we make Christmas cookies after Christmas, they’ll taste just as good. If I miss enjoying the wonder in my kids’ eyes because I’m so worried about what else I need to do, that’s not okay. I will be slowing it down and thinking only about what’s truly important, at least for the rest of this week. I may not be online much, sorry if I don’t respond till after the new year. So, what’s the one thing I’m truly thankful for right now?
I am thankful for my husband.
He is a wonderful father
He is caring
He goes out of his way to do special little things for me, like make fresh coffee
He’s always smiling, even though he lives in chronic pain
He’s always up for an adventure
He lets me be myself
He plays with the kids every day, even when he’s exhausted
He backs me up even when he doesn’t agree with me
He gives the best hugs
He loves his family
He doesn’t mind a messy house
He recognizes that I work hard and tells me so every so often
He takes care of me when I’m sick
He supports my dreams even though they may not be his own passions
He loves meThink often on the things you are thankful for. Appreciate all the little things you take for granted. Do something special for someone for no reason at all. These things will bring you joy and get you out of those blues.
Use your voice to spread hope and awareness. Please share Heather’s story.
She is a mesothelioma cancer survivor. She refused to accept a death sentence and began to truly live. Her message of finding (and spreading) hope is an inspiration to anyone going through hard times, not only those with cancer.
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