We have written before about the role of thankfulness in our lives. See, for example, Influences on Happiness. Amidst this pandemic, it is essential to engage in thankfulness during Thanksgiving. A focus on feeling sorry ourselves is not helpful for us or our loved ones.


A Note from a Cancer Survivor: Thankfulness During Thanksgiving

To offer inspiring insights about Thanksgiving, we googled “Cancer and Thanksgiving.” By doing so, we came across the beautiful insights from Barbara Jacoby, a breast cancer survivor. She authors a blog called  Let Life Happen.

Here, we present excerpts from Jacoby’s “My Reflections on Thanksgiving as a Cancer Survivor”:

Each year, I really like to reflect on those things for which I am most thankful. I always include my thanks for having a warm place to live, food on my table, work that I love, and family members and friends who are special to me. I take time to be extra thankful for my great health. As well as the lack of major negative events in my life in the past year. Among all of those other things, I always thanks for my husband — the most important person in my life. But, to just include him in a list was not reflective at all of the greatest gift for which I am thankful.

Many of you understand how your spouse, children, and other family members most likely occupy the top of your list. I have a wonderful sister who lives many miles away. But my husband, Kirk, is the constant in my life who shares all that is my life. And he does with so much love, support, and caring. This allows me to have a  wonderful life.

On this Thanksgiving, I am singularly thankful for having Kirk as my partner. Together, we can take on anything and overcome anything, I have truly been fortunate enough to find a “soulmate.” With a real understanding of what that means. And I believe that if all of us are fortunate enough to have that one special person, be it a partner, child, parent, etc., or many special people in our lives, we have everything that we need and we can do anything. And I am glad for Thanksgiving Day because that was my trigger to realize that I have it all and for that I am truly thankful.

Click the image to read all of Jacoby’s Thanksgiving reflections.

Thankfulness During Thanksgiving


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