When I awoke this morning I couldn't help but feel older. The aches and pains, the stiffness in the joints, the dry skin, the hair loss . . . getting older is rough! Oh wait, that was from the chemo! It wasn't a case of "40 and fabulous?" but more like a case of "40 and fabulous!!!" (emphasis on the exclamation!). I know those side effects will go away and I will be stronger for having gone through this.
So even on my birthday when I woke up feeling sore, achy, and old; and when the morning news seemed dark and fraught with all that is wrong in this world, I still see so many blessings surround me:
- I am blessed by the kindness of strangers who smile, hold the door, or who hug me when my chemo session is over.
- I understand more than ever the value of family and the amazing bonds we all embrace whole heartedly.
- I am grateful for my extended family separated by geography, but not separated at heart.
- I realize that I need more than my ten fingers and ten toes to count all of my amazing friends who are supporting me so generously through this journey.
- I am grateful for each card, email, phone call, or message of encouragement. Hope lives in each of these messages.
- I am grateful for each sunrise and the fact that I have now experienced 14,600 of them.
- And I am most grateful for the grace of God through which I have gained strength, determination, courage, and hope.
Yes, celebrate life indeed.