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October 12, 2012

Janet McMurray tells her story: One step at a time

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But during this time, I also started a gratitude journal. Every day, I wrote down what happened that day that I made me grateful. Such as:

“My son and his fiancee came to see me today and told me all the news about the wedding plans” or

“My teacher friends at Jackson came over and brought restaurant cards or whole dinners because my husband can’t cook!” or

“My daughter made me a velvet dress for the holidays” or

“My church family is praying for me.”

I received so much support through cards, calls and visits … I have never felt so loved.

As I have continued the journey, after chemo, after reconstructive surgery, and these five years later, I still try to start my day thanking God for each new day.

I learned that even on our worst days, there is something to be thankful for.

In 2008, two months after completing chemo, I was dancing with my son at his wedding to the song I used to rock him to as a baby. I had on a wig , big pink dress and I was still puffy from all the drugs, but I was alive and I was there!!!

Today, I am Nana to a beautiful almost-2-year-old granddaughter.

Yes, I am grateful and I am blessed.

 

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