Grateful Am I…

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After not posting for a week, I thought I would put my concerns about poor liver function tests, leg and abdominal edema, and the words of the medical professionals who urged me to “get myself to the Emergency Room” this week aside and return with a post focused on gratitude.

A fellow blogger has honored my little blog with an “Illuminating Blogger Award” and I’d like to take a minute to acknowledge how thankful I am.

Many thanks to!

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The rules for accepting the award are as follows:

  • Leave a comment on the original award site
  • Share a random fact about yourself:  My dream job would involve saving sea turtles.
  • Choose 5 bloggers to pass the torch to. Here they are:







Thank you, “The Retiring Sort!”  Thank you to the bloggers listed above (whose blogs brighten my days).  And thank you to everyone who takes the time to read and follow my blog!

30 thoughts on “Grateful Am I…

  1. I’m sorry to hear that you’re coming off the heals of such a rough week. Hope you gain strength very soon. On a side note, I want to congratulate you on your “Illuminating Blogging Award!”
    You have touched our lives with your humor, transparency, and sense of resiliency.
    I am grateful to have met you. Also, I am honored for the gracious nod to my blog. Always happy when we get to connect, even if it’s just for a few minutes! 🙂


    • Thank you for your kind words! I’m also glad to have met you & I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts & feel like I know you (at least a little bit!) through them — I don’t say this often, but I think we’d be friends in ‘real life!’ 🙂
      Warmest wishes…


      • Aw, that was the nicest thing a person could say to me! For the record, I think we’d be friends in ‘real’ life too. You have a way at putting people at ease with your transparency. Have a wonderful evening! 🙂


    • Thanks so much, Mainely!
      I actually included you as a nominee for the other award nomination I received a few days ago, but the post sits unfinished in my “Posts” box — Lol! I will eventually muster the energy to finish it! 😉 I have enjoyed reading your posts & your take on life and cancer…
      Warmest thoughts…


    • Thank you so much. I’m hoping it really is just angry 🙂 and will calm down before the CT scan pre-approval from my insurance finally comes through. I’m sure it still has a few days to simmer down before that approval comes. In the meantime, I appreciate all of your prayers and well wishes. Thank you!


  2. Congrats on your award (and thank you for the nomination)! And what an appropriate award (I see your post as a candle of gratitude!) to light up a dark week — “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~ Albus Dumbledore (from Harry Potter) — here is wishing you an always-handy candle to illuminate those dark days. ~ Kat


  3. Congratulations on a well deserved award and congratulations to all those remarkable bloggers who received your nomination. I am honoured and delighted to be included in this esteemed group. Most of all – Thank you so much for creating a remarkable blog where you share your thoughts and concerns about health. Discovering that you have cancer in your thirties when you have children to raise is devastating. I was immediately drawn to your ability to live in the present, and to articulate your thoughts in a way that inspired courage in others. I especially liked the phase: “This is the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful of my cancer diagnosis and everything that has followed. This is my story…” I am so very glad that we have connected over the “blogger miles.” I am celebrating!


  4. I’ve just read your recent posting and I’d like to offer you a little comfort this Christmas. We’ve just finished 11 songs of the 16 for the “Pink Christmas” CD and I’d like to send you a pre-release copy. My wife is a five year survivor and we’re sending it out this year to friends and family as a sampler. You can view the artwork at: but the audio won’t up until we finish the project in late Feb 2013 for next year’s release. I see you have a “Freebies” section. I’m making this offer to all breast cancer bloggers. I truly believe that you offer a valuable service to those in need along with the many local Breast Cancer Organizations across the country. My wife found plenty of comfort reading on the internet during her ordeal, and I’d like to give something back for both of us. iTunes and take such large cuts from our music that I’d much rather donate that portion to any Breast Cancer Organizations that deem this project worthy and want to participate next year. Hopefully, you’ll accept this gift and I hope it brings you joy and comfort.


    Geoff Szabo


    • Thanks so much, Geoff. That is so kind of you and your wife. And wonderful that you are planning to donate a portion of your proceeds to benefit breast cancer organizations (I hope you will consider organizations that direct their funds to breast cancer research). What a nice tribute to your wife and to other breast cancer survivors and patients.

      Please let me know what I need to do to receive the pre-release copy. What a wonderful gift. And would it be okay if I present the info from your comment in a special post?

      Thank you so much… and warmest wishes to you and your wife…


      • Thanks for the warm reception, and yes…presenting it in a special post is most welcome. I hope that you’ll post after you’ve actually heard the CD. I’m getting rave reviews, and I can really use the honest critique. I’ve also been getting kudos on the artwork, which is very satisfying because the cover model is my wife. We wanted to keep it “real”, since she was the inspiration for the work, and she was very reluctant to pose at first, but finally agreed. She only rolled her eyes a few times during the one hour photo shoot, but overall she was a real trooper. LOL Other breast cancer bloggers have been responding privately to me by email to let me know where to send the CD, and it seems to be working out fine.

        The CD is available to all Breast Cancer Organizations, including research, to use as a fund raiser. Most organizations I’ve seen have a store, or a newsletter, or a special promotion, or other means of communicating with the public and/or their members, and I’m open to any and all suggestions. Most hospitals seem to have a separate entity that is focused on fundraising. If there’s a particular research group you have in mind that doesn’t already have an entity focused on fundraising, maybe we’ll have to start one!

        Have a listen and I’m sure we’ll be talking more.

        Thanks so much, Geoff


        • Thanks so much, Geoff. I will send you an email containing my contact information. And I will take your advice and wait until I have listened to your CD before sharing a post about it. I am looking forward to enjoying it.

          And please tell your wife that she made a lovely cover model! I can sense your affection for her in your messages and I am glad you’ve been able to face life’s challenges as a team. Feeling loved makes such a difference when it comes to life…and cancer.

          Thanks so much! Warmest wishes to you both!


  5. I looked at your tummy and immediately thought this is the side of breast cancer few outside our “special sisterhood” get to see or realise what it’s like to endure. Many congratulations on your well deserved reward and I hope rewards of the physical kind are in line for you very, very soon with improved LFTs and reduced edema. You’re in my thoughts, sending oodles of positivity your way, Tracy


    • Thanks so very much, Tracy! I am glad to have ‘met’ you here. And thank you for following me. Your warm thoughts and comments mean a great deal… And I’m sorry you are a part of this “special sisterhood,” too. At least we are “in it” together… Hugs to you!


      • I’m glad to have met you here too, though I confess my eternal wish for us all is that we had met somewhere else, somewhere with less at stake. But we’re here now and we stand together always. ‘It’ may take many things but our spirit and compassion are beyond it’s clutches. Big hugs for you today and everyday.


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