I receive several emails a week through my blog, some of them are pure rubbish and some of them are from people asking questions about potential moves to Oman, but this week an email landed in my inbox that was quite different.
This email was from a wonderful lady called Heather Von St.James who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer caused from asbestos exposure called Mesothelioma. Heather was diagnosed after she had given birth to her daughter and given just 15 months to live - that was 7 years ago. She is still here and kicking ass!
Heather got in touch with me to try and raise awareness for of this rare cancer by sharing her personal story. You can read her story here: http://mesothelioma.com/heather
I had tears in my eyes reading her story but what shines through is how brave and determined she is to not let the cancer beat her or her family and is now doing an amazing job of sharing her story.
So Heather asked me if I could take some time to share what I am thankful for in life and with it being Thanksgiving I am happy to oblige.
So where do I start telling you one thing in my life that I am thankful for? There are so many things that I am thankful for in life and I don't want to bore you with the smushy stuff or the material things but what I am truly thankful for is having the chance to start my own family.
As little girls with our prams and dollies we take for granted that as females we will all be able to have a baby and our own family one day, sadly for some people that just isn't the case and no amount of medical intervention or throwing money at it will help. It took us longer than I would have liked to get pregnant, granted some people are trying for years and years but it was enough to scare me into thinking that it wasn't possible.
I am not super close to my own family, apart from my brother, we are a family for sure but I do wish that we had all done things differently in life. My parents were dedicated and loving and gave us everything we needed but through the years as we grow up we all start to go our separate ways and sometimes it's not easy to meet in the middle again. I wish that we could but now time has passed our biggest problem is that we are too stubborn to back down, all cut from the same cloth you see.
I feel so thankful that I have a wonderful husband and we have the chance in life to have our own family and do all the things that we dream of. With our first baby on the way I can't help but feel truly thankful for this gift in life and that we are so lucky to have each other and this opportunity to do things the way we want and raise our kids our way.
Who knows what is down the line for any of us or what God has in his master plan but I do believe these things are sent to test us and everything happens for a reason. So today I would like you all to take a minute to think about what you are thankful for in life and appreciate it.
Please take the time to click on Heather's link and read about her life, she is an amazing woman!