Thank you.

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I am grateful I took this family photo of my three kids when I was bald because it has been our last family photo together. I guess its time for a new updated photo!

This Thanksgiving I count my blessings. This time of year seems to bring back a lot of memories and emotions for me.


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One of which is this picture of me with a NG tube and my friend Christine next to my side. It was my ALL time low point. I was ready to give up.

Thanksgiving was just around the corner. I was SO EXCITED to have my ileostomy (colon bag) reversed. Then, another setback. I had a bowel obstruction which landed me back in the hospital. All I wanted for Christmas, and this is not a joke, was my colon bag to be reversed. The doctors were uncertain if that would be possible due to the obstruction.

It was a BIG disappointment for me because I ADORE eating our Thanksgiving meal every year. It's something I truly look forward to.

I prayed. I talked to GOD and all the angel spirits and I think they heard me. My prayers were answered. My obstruction cleared up without needing another surgery before my surgery to reverse my colon surgery. Too many surgeries here going on.

The bottom line is, I was HOPELESS there for awhile and now look. I am happy today.

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This picture of me and my kids was taken at the Langham hotel in Pasadena. My kids and I went there to relax and make memories. It has become a nice tradition each year and we visit the gingerbread display. We actually evacuated there last year during the fires and mudslides in Santa Barbara. My kids said, “lets go to the Langham.” It made a good impression on them. Even the bunny came. Ha ha!

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Then there is my large family photo. This doesn’t happen too often, but when it does I'm so GRATEFUL. Family is so important, even if there is a little family drama. Makes for fun memories you can laugh at later.

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During my recovery with cancer I made a gratitude list nearly every day to remind myself what a miracle it was to be alive.

It's one of the most healing practices you can do at anytime. It sounds so simple and it’s still the most powerful way to increase your joy and happiness. 

Once you get in the habit of remembering what you’re grateful for each day, you will find that your healing process feels more joyful and fun!

Here’s a little flashback to that time I’d love to share with you. I wrote this piece about “gratitude” on July 15, 2015 while I was still in the hospital:

10 Things I Am Grateful For Today

1. Having gas-ha! Making fart sounds. Nurse said it's awesome I'm making gas or farting sounds. You may not know it, but passing gas and making fart sounds is the first thing the doctors listen for at the hospital. It means things are working inside your body.

2. My lungs/Oxygen. It's something we take for granted. After wearing an oxygen mask on my face for the first 3 days I never realized how good fresh air smells.

3. My nurses and care providers. My nurses take great care of me all day and night long. Cedars hospital is a great hospital.

4. My mom, of course, who is my angel.

5. Water. I have never drank so much water in my life. Water is my life line from now on.

6. Modern medicine.

7. All of you. My friends and family who continually support me.

8. My children. This is obvious, but I will say it again. I love my kids so much. As they tell me, to the moon and back and 50 million billion times around!

9. The stranger who made me smile today. As I was walking around the floor with my head down. I passed an elderly man. He smiled at me and said, "Good Luck, you're looking better.  

10. Life. I am happy to be alive. I am still alive! That is the thing I am most grateful for!

I made a journal sheet that you can download today and write down 10 things you're grateful for.

Who knows, you could end up inspiring everyone at your Thanksgiving celebration to fill one out too!

DOWNLOAD YOUR GRATITUDE LIST PDF

Love and hugs,

Emilee ♥