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Does Giving Thanks End On Thanksgiving Day?

Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess

What do I have to be thankful for this year? What has my year wrought? I lost my father in March. My Picture1mother was moved into a nursing home in October. We've adopted my mother's 15 year-old-dog and his transition into our multi-pet house has been difficult at best.

I still struggle daily with the mental and physical after effects of breast cancer. I should be probably crying in a corner, right? 

Thanksgiving Day I counted my blessings and here are ten of them: 

  • My children are happy, healthy and employed.
  • I have friends and family who love me
  • I have a poodle who worships the ground I walk on (as long as I do her bidding!) 
  • My mom may be in a nursing home but she is still with is, is mentally alert and is recovering from the bones she broke during her recent falls. 
  • I had a great meal and a relaxing time with family 
  • Even though it's snowing and freezing cold in NY at least there were clear roads so I could make it to the family gatherings
  • I am a breast cancer survivor! Fantastic doctors and modern day treatments are making that a reality 
  • I count every day that I see the sun shining as a blessing. I know many other women with breast cancer who no longer have that option
  • I could have braved the Black Friday crowds but am thankful I didn't have any need so pressing that I would have to 
  • I have a job I love

Do you have ten blessings that you can count? Every night before I fall asleep I take time to count at least three blessings that I encountered during the day. They could be as big as, "We were able to take my mom out of the nursing home so she could be with us (and her dog) for Thanksgiving," to as simple as, "I'm glad I didn't run out of coffee creamer this morning." 

No matter how hard or how exhausting your day is, I'll bet you could find at least one thing to be thankful for, right? I'd love to share your successes with you! 



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