A Thankful Heart

My youngest, Matthew, was asked last week to write about why we celebrate Christmas. When he wrote “because we’re not Jewish” it made us all laugh, but I also thought “Crap. Guess I didn’t explain that one very well!”. Even though we read the Christian Christmas story every year, we don’t attend church. I’m OK with that because we talk about faith and hope and prayer and the Golden Rule. But I guess I need to be better about teaching him about the reason for the season.

We talked that night and I explained about the story of Christ’s birth and I also explained what Christmas means to our family. It means being together, showing each other with gifts or with words or with time spent that we are blessed to have each other and it means being grateful for all that we have. He got it, I hope.

My blogging friend, Cameron, wrote me last week to ask if I would share his wife’s story with my readers to help spread awareness of the rare cancer his wife survived and if I would share her story. Of course I said yes!

Heather, Cameron’s wife, had just given birth to their daughter, Lily, when she was diagnosed with this rare cancer, Mesothelioma. It’s rare to survive. Heather fought back and survived and now hopes to spread awareness and, maybe even more importantly, hope. I watched her video and read her story and found myself being less worried about those presents I have to wrap and those cookies I have to bake and more focused on what Christmas is really all about: being thankful for all of the blessings in your life.

General Mesothelioma Information:

Risk Factors: http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/risk-factors/

The surgery Heather had to remove her lung: http://www.mesothelioma.com/treatment/conventional/surgery/extrapleural-pneumonectomy.htm


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