Thursday, November 24, 2005
Giving Thanks

I awoke to a glorious fall day today with the sun shining and the air crisp. I couldn't help but notice the beautiful fall leaves really starting to turn now in Southern California. While I might get a glimpse of one of my favorite guys in Herald Square being led through New York City, today I plan to spend as much time as possible soaking in the beauty all around me.

I just couldn't pass up the chance for the obligatory Thanksgiving post. It seems the nostalgia and promise of Christmas gets the best of me and I can't help but start off the holiday season thinking of all the joy in my life. Getting through surgery last week, and surviving the embarrassment of of seeing my surgeon on Monday after my drug induced confessions the prior week, have boosted my spirits this year. I can't help but think back to last year and while I was overjoyed at completing all my chemo, I was also facing surgery and a long recovery. Emotionally, this year has not been great. The rollercoaster seems to have had more turns, dips, and corkscrews than I paid to ride. But I am here. I am healthy. And I have great new boobs. What more could I ask?

In all seriousness, I could not be more filled with gratitude this year. My heart bursts with joy and hope for the future. My life and all that is in it is blessed. This I know for sure.

Happy Thanksgiving to my wonderful, supportive family, my sister-caretaker-nurse-friend-chauffeur-laugh partner Joyce, my amazing friends (especially ones that MAKE me play hooky), and all you internets who have been so very supportive and understanding. Life is in the journey and you all make the journey a wonderful experience. Feast on life today and all it has to offer us.
Written by Jeannette Vagnozzi
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