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Thanksgiving Blessing

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Most of you are celebrating with family and friends, eating delicious food, and enjoying the beginning of a long, holiday season. But, if you are alone, I encourage you to make yourself available to the friendship of others even if you have to go to the shopping mall to get around other people. Then, settle in around your computer and go to MyNBCF to meet others who may be facing some of the same experiences.

A Blessing From Someone on Our Online Community

One of the most beautiful online posts from our online community reads, “Nothing will separate us from God’s love. Hair loss can’t. Chemotherapy can’t. Radiation can’t. A bad diagnosis can’t. Our mouth sores today, our nausea tomorrow and even the frustration of late lab results can’t keep God’s love away. Whether our blood counts are high or low, nothing in our cancer experience will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that has been revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Do you feel far from God’s love? He’s right beside you. Ask Him to help you feel the full depth of His love.”

Does Anyone Really Care?

The first blog I wrote on our website was Hope on the Other Side of the Mountain. As we have built our online community, we wanted it to be a warm and hopeful place where friends could congregate, express their feelings, and release their own anxieties while learning about the hopeful side of breast cancer.

Searching for the Logjam

We can get so focused on the experience of breast cancer that we get a logjam in our thinking. Sometimes we negatively push others away who want to help us and we think only about the bad things.

Author John Maxwell reminds us of what professional loggers do when they are floating logs down a river and discover a logjam. “They climb a large tree near the river so they can look over the problem and find a cause. What they are looking for is the key log that is creating the problem. Once they remove that, the river takes care of the rest.”

No matter what is happening, we must keep our eyes on God and ask for His help. He has a way of melting away the pain and hurtful thoughts. Once the logjam is gone from our minds, we can open our lives to receive love and care from others.

Filling the Darkness

I told someone recently about how I felt immediately after being diagnosed with breast cancer. It was like I suddenly had a big, black hole right in the middle of my upper torso. I thought, If I can go through one day without thinking about my breast cancer a thousand times, I would be so relieved.

Here’s how I moved past that kind of thinking and I’d like to pass it on to you:

  1. In small ways begin thinking about other people more than yourself. Even if you start with a smile to others and advance toward saying nice things to them, you will be making progress to see clearly enough to shift your thinking toward good things.
  2. Now focus on people who are important to you in your life. There may be more than you think.
  3. Determine to embrace life by letting go of fears.

One day I looked around and noticed the dark hole was filled with the most amazing thing, hope. That was the beginning of my experience with breast cancer that has led me through a 28-year journey of living life. The negative memories of breast cancer drifted away and I have been able to see the important issues of life clearly.

Take time during this Thanksgiving season to give thanks with a grateful heart. You’ll be surprised at how much happiness will come your way.

Thought for Today:

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” –Johannes A. Gaertner

Live Life,


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