“What are you thankful for?” Somehow the question seems to have been blurred with the hustle of everyday challenges. Black Friday sales, what to bring for Thanksgiving dinner, traffic. Being thankful can mean many different things.
When your child is diagnosed with cancer giving thanks takes on many new meanings. As a parent you are forced to let go of a lot, adjust expectations and hold onto new hopes. You become thankful for the things that once felt ordinary. A home cooked meal after weeks in the hospital. Visiting with family and friends after months of isolation. Watching your child ride his/her bike through the neighborhood. Simply making it through a difficult day.
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” – A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh
During our monthly Parent Support Group meeting we asked some Why Me kids and their siblings what they are thankful for. Their unique perspective is below.