Some things to be thankful for

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  1. GrammaJan

    GrammaJan Well-Known Member

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    Every year I reflect back on how incredibly thankful I am to those who serve our country, both related to me and not, and how fortunate I am to have my family, friends (old and new), my job, a roof over my head and a litany of other things we all have and perhaps take for granted through the year, but since 2014 I am especially thankful for my health and everyone at the University of Iowa Hospitals. November 24, 2014 was the Monday before Thanksgiving that year and I found myself with my daughter on the road to the hospital on the University campus. There was a snowstorm coming (that I later heard resulted in blizzard conditions) and we were catching the beginning of the storm as we arrived. We got me checked in for a surgery I was both eagerly anticipating and anxious about. Cancer. 6 months to live without the surgery. No way was I letting the storm stop me from getting there. I had an open radical nephroureterectomy (9+hours on the table) and spent the entire week of Thanksgiving recovering from a life saving surgery wth 50 staples holding me together and drains and tubes coming from places they really shouldn't be. The ironies in all this are that the cancer I was diagnosed with has only a 20% survival rate if caught early (mine was a late 3/early 4), most often affects people 20 years older than I was, and I was in the best shape of my life... training for my first half marathon (which upon diagnosis I was immediately told to stop). Talk about a stunner. This time of year is always a reminder to me of just how thankful I should be for the extra time I've been given and the blessings I've realized through it all. Remember to take time to appreciate those around you and don't take for granted they'll always be there. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone. Be blessed and be well.
     
  2. Runwildboys

    Runwildboys Well-Known Member

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    Well I'm glad you didn't stop to catch a movie on the way to the hospital, or you might not have beaten the storm!
    Hope every Thanksgiving finds you well and just as thankful!
     
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  3. CouchCoach

    CouchCoach Well-Known Member

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    Gramma, thankful for your good fortune and being able to join us. Our little family needs a Gramma here.
     
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  4. CouchCoach

    CouchCoach Well-Known Member

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    I am thankful for something a little odd, the internet. I know, it's crazy, wacky and full of nuts but that is balanced by a place like this where strangers can connect and become friends.

    I am thankful for a bunch of people I have never met. Only met one member, Gipper. Seeing your names show up here brightens my day almost as much as seeing your faces and in some respects, better.:cool:

    You can choose to be anything you want on the internet and I am thankful for those of you that chose to be my friend. You have enriched my life and helped me get my head to a better place more times than you know. Wish I had leaned on you more in the past and should the need arise, I will in the future. I am not ashamed to admit I need you in my life and am so thankful that you are there and that you care.
     
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  5. GrammaJan

    GrammaJan Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha ha and I'm probably just as old as and, dare I say even a little younger than some of you...:rolleyes:. Thank you for accepting me into the group.
     
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  6. GrammaJan

    GrammaJan Well-Known Member

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    I take nothing for granted. I know I'm blessed with great doctors, great friends and a wonderful family.
     
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