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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey


Whenever I go to someone's blog who is participating in "Thankful Thursdays," I feel a little guilty! There is not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful for something that I would like to shout from the rooftops; yet, here I sit with my mouth (or blog!) shut and share with no one! Shame on me!

Here is my list of things I'm thankful for:

l. The radiation burns on my chest are showing signs of healing -- the area gets smaller each day. It's been 8 days since the last treatment, so I'm looking forward to this being over and done with. I've been pretty good through this whole journey, but I have to say this about radiation --- if I knew before hand, I probably would NOT have done this. I was NOT a happy camper. But it is still on my "thank you list" as part of the cure, that I was able to take it and go through to the end, and that all of my bloggy friends were praying for me all this time!

2. For Spring! There is nothing better than Spring!!!! New beginnings, new life, new everything! The birds are singing like never before, and I had the privilege of seeing 3 tiny, little wren's eggs in the next on my porch!!! I really thought she had abandoned that nest after I discovered her "renovations," but she snuck in there and laid her eggs. Can't wait to follow the hatching and growth of the little ones.

3. For my Sister! If you have followed my blog throughout this cancer journey, you will have noticed that my sister has faithfully gone with me to all my appointments, treatments, tests, scans, etc., no matter when or where they were, or how long they took! It was sort of a celebration to see her take off the bracelet she has worn ever since the day I was diagnosed until the last day of radiation. Thank you, Lord, for such a faithful friend who has listened to all my fears, whinings, aches and pains and understood it all and knew just what to say and NOT to say!

4. For how the Lord has supplied all of my needs. I often laid awake at night, wondering how in the world I was going to pay for this or that, what would happen if. . . ., etc. Little did I know, but God had things already worked out for me. I did not realize that my diagnosis automatically qualified me for disability and as soon as I filed the paper work, the checks started coming!!!! Now how is THAT for an answered prayer??? Wish I had filed months ago!

5. For Buster! Oh my! You know, we all need a thorn in our sides to remind us of our sinful nature and what needs to be worked on. And for me, Buster brought every bad thing up to the surface, believe me. I found out that my mouth can sometime yell things that I thought I'd never say. I found out I'm not as patient as I thought I was. I found out that my anger level can be pretty low. But he is the most forgiving dog in the world and loves me anyways! Buster has seen me at my worst, but faithfully has walked with me through this whole cancer journey, patiently waiting for me to go outside with him. He has adjusted to what hurts on me, knows when I don't feel well, and is the best sleeping companion anyone can ever ask for on a sleepless night! Thank you, Lord, for Buster!

If you'd like to participate, write down five things you are thankful for this week.
You can find the code by clicking on the little picture above, and also read what others are thankful for this week!

22 comments:

Daria said...

What a great post ... when most people would be complaining about their radiation, you have turned it around and found something to be thankful for.

You're quite the lady.

Julie said...

I'm thankful that I've been able to "meet you through blogland. I love your honesty and candor. You continue to inspire. Julie

Audrey said...

Cora, this is a lovely list! I too, am so grateful for so much and for so many! I would like to think that I acknowledged my gratitude before my cancer diagnosis, but if I am totally honest with myself, I don't think that I had the same appreciation of things. I think that I took a lot for granted. Thank you for sharing your very inspirational and encouraging post!

Deb said...

Hi Cora! This is such a beautiful list and it's so much to be thankful for. I wish that everyone that has to travel the road that you've travel could be this blessed.

I'm also glad that you can see the progress of your healing every day!

Deb

Tänia said...

Thank you so much for your reminder today... sounds like you are finding out first hand how precious life is and I got a tickle out of the last one regarding "Buster".

Big hugs to you! And thank you again for letting me visit your blog today.

Tänia of Faith Prints

Mary Moss said...

I'm so glad I stopped by your blog for Thankful Thursday. I so admire your attitude and courage:-)

My mom just passed the 5 year mark of being cancer free. I pray we'll be celebrating that milestone with you one day as well.

Blessings
Mary

Dani said...

I am thankful we've gotten to know each other and I am thankful for the privilege of praying for you, Cora..dear friend and sister..

Nancy M. said...

Great list! I am thankful you are feeling better!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Bless you sweet sister! I am so glad that I stopped by. I will be praying for you as God continues His work of healing in your life!

Stop by my blog today. My 100th post and a giveway!

Beth

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Toby Parsons said...

I'm thankful for you Cora, your courage, and pure heart.

Blessings to you!!!

Kay @ The Rustic Cottage said...

Your thankfulness just brings joy to my heart!! What a wonderful list.

You are so special.

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

Stop by to check up on you today...I'n always checking on you are as I am following your posting ..I may not always comment..but you are always in my heart prayers....glad all this is now behind you and your are getting a complete healing...That is what I am so thankful for is that you are now getting there...have a great weekend and I do love that Buster...I know about the love of animals...after my husband lost his fight with mean old cancer...I have two sweet dogs that God did so put in my life 10 years ago to comfort me...it been nearly 8 years since he took his flight..and I so thankful God is good all the time and he answer our prayers right on time....
Love ya...from the heart of Texas..
Judy

Joyfulsister said...

Yay!!!!
You are finished with treatments.. OMG I am so rejoicing my sistah. Okay I have to get you a little something special, but I am not going to stop praying for you. Do you know you have become a big part of my prayers each morning and it will continue on. I just want you to know you have always been an inpsiration to me. most time I feel like putting the cover over my head lock my bedroom door and put a keep out sign lol but I think of you and all that you have been through and I slowly slip out of bed drag my buttocks out of it and get ready for work!!!

I luv you my dear friend and sistah and please know the best is yet to come!!!

Hugz Lorie

LindaSueBuhl said...

Well written - we are all more blessed than we deserve (since all have sinned and fallen short) and certainly your situation has been very hard - yet your nice home, Buster and his antics, your wonderful sister and the numerous supporters you have through the online community - well you acknowledge it very well. I love spring's arrival also - a feeling that I can change, grow and bloom - bless you Cora - you are a hoot and a blessing to us

Denise said...

Oh.... I love that list and the one about your sister is beautiful... I have one sister and we are NOT close and this post really hurts my heart... I am thankful that the Father God blessed you with a sister like that........ She is a hero just as you are...... I pray that the Father God gives us a cure! NOW........

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wonderful list, Cora! Even the part about you being thankful for Buster! LOL

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Cora,
I've been thinking of you all morning. Just wanted to drop by and tell you.
You're thankful post blessed me.

Holykisses,
Lea

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

I love this Cora! I might not get to it tomorrow but I want to join in next week.

I thankful your treatment was so successful and you are doing so well at this point. I hope you feel stronger each day!

hugs, Linda

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Yes, thank the Lord for Buster!

Hugs, Lea

Toby Parsons said...

Hi Cora,

Just checking in on you. I hope you are faring much better these days. :)

I loved all your pictures!

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