As I look toward the end of the year and the start of a New Year, it is a time to say "thanks" to all the people who helped me during my illness: my spouse, the close friends, neighbors, clergy and my medical team.
Let’s start the New Year with the knowledge that this cancer or illness — that was or is in our body — no longer is in control of our lives, but that we and our medical teams are in charge, and we have bigger interests in life to pursue. This cancer was a bump in the road — and yes, a big bump — but we are going to grow stronger from it. A person can look back at this sickness as giving one a deeper understanding and respect for the gift of life.
I’ve enjoyed reading the "Together, We Are Strong" website, hearing from the different bloggers on how they all handled their different types of cancer and seeing how they talked about it from the heart. Two things they all shared were a positive attitude and a big smile.
As I look forward to next year, this is also a time to look back at this year and see the missed opportunities I had to enjoy life to the fullest. There are so many opportunities in this physical life to enjoy, so start planning your interests or activities for next year — such as traveling, exercise, reading, cooking or taking some classes on self-improvement.
Above all, enjoy to the fullest this physical life with which the Lord has blessed you.
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What do you have to be thankful for in 2015? What are you looking forward to for 2016? Share your comments below.