Wednesday, September 13, 2006
TT # 10
|Christi Thomas' parents have reached the conclusion that they will allow Christi to "die with dignity" as the cancer has completely overtaken Christi's body. It may seem strange that I keep talking about this little girl, but I know that I am not the only person who has not been able to get her off our minds. With every post comes news that seems harder and harder to handle, and that is just from a reader's point of view. What could her parents and her family and friends possibly be feeling at this point in time.|
I look at her pictures, of her progression down this road. There are pictures of happier times, before her diagnosis. There are pictures of graver times when she has no hair or eyebrows or eyelashes. She has fought this disease, tooth and nail, kicking and screaming. But it is just too much for her little body. The tumor in her brain does not seem to be shrinking from the radiation treatments, so her parents have determined that enough is enough.
Even though the recountings of the struggles of this child are hard to read, and the pain of the parents can be felt with every word that is written, her blog has taught me to count my blessings, and to be thankful for my life.
To Christi and her family, thank you for teaching me the value of life. It can never be taken for granted. Thirteen Things For Which I Am Most Thankful1. First and foremost: the health of my children. This cannot be stated enough. 2. The journey of this marriage with Ace.
3. The fact that my parents are both alive and healthy, and live in the same town that we do.
4. The fact that Ace's parents are both alive and healthy, and can visit when they can. 5. That my father in law was able to overcome a massive heart attack and continue to live a fulfilling life.
6. My siblings, especially my sister. I would be totally lost without her. I am also thankful that my brother and I, although 11 years apart, can overcome that age difference and still have a healthy relationship.
7. My friends. I am thankful that I can stand with Jacque in church and offer her support when she needs it. I am thankful that Robin and I have entered each other's lives again, and have a stronger relationship than ever before. I am thankful that I have met Christie Weiss, and thankful that our paths seem to cross more and more everyday.
8. This small town that I grew up in, and am now raising my family in. I love this little town. It means so much to me.
9. My job. As much as I complain about it, I have it, and I am thankful for that.
10. Even though I cuss and carry on, I am SO thankful for my church, and the lovely people in choir with me.
11. My knitting business. It isn't huge, but it has offered money when we needed it.
12. My house. Although it is small compared to a lot of other houses, it is home and it offers that comfort and solace to my children.
13. Last, but certainly not least, and the most important one of all .... my children. I could not live without them. I could not imagine life without them. I am so thankful for them every day. I look for new ways that they continue to amaze me, and I love them for who they are, and who they are yet to be.
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I'm a mom of three peeps ... Queen Bee, The Door Man, and the Chandelier Monkey, and wife to Ace, the Helpful Hardware Man. I created this space to get away from the people known as my inlaws, and because life with three kids and a hubby is all Unexplored Territory.
The nine-year-old who seems to be growing older every minute, has an opinion and a comment for everything, and has a true servant's heart.
The seven-year-old who loves the organization of things, will someday be someone's therapist because of his kind soul, and will more than likely be living with us until he is 40 years old.
The five-year-old with the 13-year-old attitude, who has a dictator's personality, asks you to watch her all the time and say "hold on" to keep your attention, and will someday come home on the back of some dude's motorcycle with 10 tatts and a body piercing or two.
The man of the house, the fixer of things, the winner of prizes, and the only person in his family to escape the South.
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TT # 9
And the answer to the question was....