Cancer

In today's news Eric Berry, a professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, was diagnosed with lymphoma. He said, "I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God's hands and I have great peace in that."

I know that feeling. You have to put it in God's hand. You have to have confidence in the doctors and in the research. You have to find peace while fighting something that might kill you. Which leads me to today's grateful post...

Kind of a weird thing to be thankful for but I guess I'm sort of thankful for my fight against cancer. I've met a lot of great people while I've dealt with cancer.

 Best care around will be found here!

Best care around will be found here!

 Thousands of people running so you can fight!

Thousands of people running so you can fight!

I'm thankful for science. Yes, that science took me to the edge of death, but it saved my life in doing so. The machine below was my dance partner every 21 days for about 8 hours. It pumped some killer drugs into my body. They burned, they froze, they tasted funny, they were pretty colors and they ultimately saved my life. Thank you to those who figured out the right cocktail of poison to kill the cancer. 

Nothing tastes this bad, yet without it we would have never found the cancer. Banana isn't so bad. 

I guess the greatest thing I'm grateful for from the experience of dealing with cancer is it helped me find a new passion: running. 

I didn't ever think I would be thankful for being so gravely ill, but cancer sure did help me focus on things I truly can't live without and of course that is my family. It was really hard on them, harder than I will ever know. I've had glimpse of how hard when I happen upon a school paper or journal entry and they write about that year. I'm truly sorry that we went through it, but we have grown together as a family. We've learned to work together. We've learned that we can do some really hard things. And we have learned to celebrate life!