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2 time ovarian cancer Survivor, Advocate for ovarian cancer awareness & research, Teacher of Zen Method Tai Chi, Blogger, sharing the wonderment and power of essential oils, proud fan of Cathe Friedrich's workouts, Reiki practitoner, A Course in Miracles student, paper crafter

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thankful thru sadness

Pause for a few moments and allow your soul to be thankful. It doesn't matter what you are thankful for at this moment, just being thankful is powerful and grounding. 

I've had some very sad things happen to some people I care about already this week. A dear and sweet friend of mine lost her sister to cancer early Monday morning. She had the same kind of cancer I did. May she rest in the God's arms of peace and love. My own sister's surgery was cancelled at the last minute on Monday morning. It was incredibly frustrating and sad for her. My brother-in-law's Godmother passed away today. One of my Survivor-Sisters lost her health insurance in the midst of her war against cancer. This afternoon a friend of my sister lost his mother in a car accident. 

I've been praying for peace, comfort, acceptance, Love and Light for everyone touched by each of these sad events. Please send your Love and Light, too. 

Through my sadness and tears I see more and more reasons to be thankful. I'm thankful for the ability to improve my health, for the power of laughter, the cleansing release of crying, the ability to lighten the sadness of others, and Loving Energy that connects us. I'm thankful to be able to lessen the sadness of others. I'm thankful that everything, even sad things, happen for a reason. I'm thankful that I don't have to know or understand that reason now, or ever. I can trust and believe. I'm thankful that this blog is reaching out to Survivors and showing them that they're not alone. I'm thankful for Twitter which led me to The Day I Found Out site. I'm thankful for the strength and opportunity to share my 'day I found out' stories with the world. (It's a work in progress, and I promise to post the video here too. Soon.)

 My sister, Heidi, had some wise words that resonated deeply inside my being today. She said, "Thank you being my strength when I am weak, your faith when mine is low, courageous when I am scared, friends through the thick and thin, and always your unconditional love." I, too, am deeply thankful to have family and friends who have been all of these things for me not only through cancer treatments, but through all of life's wild ride. May everyone know this kind of love and support on the darkest and brightest days. 


  1. I love seeing you and your sisters together; you have such a special bond that amazes me.

    I'm sorry to hear about your friends.

  2. Awww, thank you Leah! I know you have a special bond with your brother. It's wonderful to have siblings who are also your friends.

  3. Heidi's words of wisdom brought me to tears, because of how true it is. We have each other and i think that if we only had each other without anyone else we would be fine. Our loved for each other lifts us up and keeps our hearts healthy. I love you, Connie!

  4. I am so thankful for my family and that I can call my sisters and Mom friends. Even when things are out of control at work, with the peeps, the diaper bills or anything else, I have so many things to be thankful for. Sad that it takes tragedy for people, myself included, to count our blessings but no matter what causes us to stop and be thankful...I am grateful for so many things.

  5. I love you, too, Sally.

    We all have so much to be thankful for, but it's easy for all of us to forget sometimes. Mom has always told us to count our blessings, and I'm thankful that we have so many to count. xo