Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Giving Thanks

It's been a rough year...I'm not going to lie. I had my tonsils out. I had to move (twice). I had to say goodbye to my husband for the summer. My car was totaled (I wasn't in it). I was diagnosed with cancer.

Yet, here I sit, thinking that I have SO much to be thankful for. I start this list with my husband; he has been nothing short of amazing through this whole process. He's been by my side every step of the way (even when he was back in the Middle East)...he's held my hand, wiped away my tears, driven me to every doctor's appointment and round of chemo, swept up piles of hair the day I shaved my head, asked great questions, brought me flowers, listened, and (perhaps most importantly) never fails to make me laugh. There have been moments in the last two months when I've really worried about how cancer and my pending double mastectomy will affect our marriage (he is a man...he likes my boobs!) He always reassures me that while he does, indeed, like my boobs, he likes me a LOT more.

I'm also incredibly grateful for my family. From the day they all met me at the airport, I've felt so much support and encouragement from them. I've been sick the past couple of weeks, and have received phone calls and get well cards from them. My sister and her husband stopped by for a visit, and my mom came over on Saturday with two bags of groceries just to make me soup!

I'm so thankful to be living in our beautiful home surrounded by my awesome husband and wonderful family. I'm thankful that I'm tolerating chemo well, and that it's working. I'm thankful for the great team of doctors and nurses I see that are diligently working toward my cure.

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for every single breath I take...

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


  1. You truly are an amazing woman. The faith and humility you show on a daily basis takes my breath away.

  2. Erin your post brought tears to my eyes. You make me not take small things for granted. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday Season. ((Hugs))

  3. Loved reading this--you have an amazing spirit. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Erin~

    I've only met you once; that was at Missy and Tim's wedding. My daughter loved you and your whole family. The things I remember most about you are you smile and the way you glowed positivity and love....and YOU STILL DO!!! Even after all that you have been through this year, you continue to shine.

    I think of and pray for you often. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I just found your blog today while reading a response to one of the post's on the Nest. I just want to say that you seem to be such a strong woman with a beautiful spirit! God Bless you and I am praying for you in your fight against evil cancer.


  6. You have so many supporters and friends Erin. Capt E and I send our prayers and thoughts your way. Your "grace under fire" is nothing short of remarkable. You have reminded all of us about the importance of being grateful each and every day.

  7. Sissy...you amaze me each and every day--we are all so proud of you and what you have and are enduring. Jack says "luv you Tati..."