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My gratitude is great

This year I have learned to appreciate something amazing.

When my sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, I was first overcome with shock.  Then our family focused on hope and faith.  We turned to prayer and leaned on the doctors that believed in a treatment.

Treatment began and it really took a lot out of her.  She was tired and sick.  There were struggles early on to get her medications regulated.  But she constantly followed the doctors’ counsel and rested when she needed to.

Right before Thanksgiving she was given another scan.  This scan came back clear.

She’s had two more rounds of chemotherapy since her scan.  Her energy is improving and her zest that she’s been known for is returning.  There is hope.  And there is faith.  Faith in God.  Faith in the doctors treating her.  Faith in her power to fight the monster that is fighting her.  Faith in a healthier tomorrow.  Faith in the lessons we can all learn from sickness (ours or those we love).

So this year I have learned to appreciate health – whether it is good or bad, we have the health that we have and it is our fight to grow from.

***What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?

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