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Friday, November 28, 2008

Hope Everyone Had a Great Holiday

My Thanksgiving was wonderful. I spent a lot of close time with my family. My four girls and my parents and the hubby. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and so much to be thankful for this year. It's my first year cancer free since discovering I had it. I have a wonderful family. Are we perfect? Far from it. But I think what makes us perfect is how we work together through life and are there for each other when we need it most. I have great daughters who though they of course act like your typical little girls are wonderful little helpers. They helped take care of me when I was sick too. They had to grow up so fast. I am sorry that they had to have such a wake up call but I also believe for at least the two older they learned something through it all. I give thanks for everything. I've been married for 13 years. Through ups and downs I have no doubt we're in it for the long run. I started dating him when I was a mere 17 years of age. We were young and naive but we knew we wanted to be together. We got married when I was just 19. My life really didn't go in the direction I had planned but I just feel things happen for a reason. I can't imagine having gone through that cancer alone. I think of how things COULD have been. I also think it made my relationship stronger. Honestly we had to imagine for a moment leaving each other. I could have left him in death and I would have had to leave him and my girls. I did come close but thankful I got the help I needed before it was too late. I am just thankful. I have had a lot on my mind these days. My birthday is coming up soon. One more year and I am thankful I made it. :)


Brianna said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm glad your family had such a wonderful Thanksgiving! Wishing you MANY more to come and a great birthday!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the holiday wishes. I also wish you all the best. Like your site - keep posting - I do read them :)

Sandee said...

What a great post-Thanksgiving post. You are indeed fortunate for all you have. Especially that you are still here to raise your babies. Have a great weekend. ;)

Unknown said...

I'm glad to hear your Thanksgiving went so well.

Meaghan said...

Im so glad you had a good Thanksgiving! I did too and im closer to my two year mark, its so exciting.

Hope all is well and please keep in touch!

TD said...

Sandi, you have been given the ultimate gift: you have been shown your own mortality and then given a reprieve. That gives you incredible perspective in your life moving forward.

My wife Samantha and I began dating when we were just 16 and 17, respectively (I nabbed the older woman!). We'd been together just over 20 years when cancer took her life. She left me with two children to raise alone. It's almost like the "what if...?" scenario of your situation.

I'm so glad you made it through. Writing about your experience with cancer and childbirth is an invaluable gift and an incredible touchstone for us all. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Sandi, glad that you had a wonderful holiday with your family. They are certainly 'gifts' to be thankful for. Wishing goodness to all of you in all areas of life.

Janet Gardner said...

It sounds like you have a beautiful family. I have been married for 25 years and have two children and I could not imagine the fear you must of felt about leaving them. Reading this I got goosebumps. You seem to be a fighter who was determined to make it, and you did. Happy Birthday. I posted another award for you on my blog.
Janet :)