Happy and Grateful – Day 150

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

Today was mostly good.  It was another picture perfect spring day with blue skies and a gentle breeze.  I got to do one of my favorite things today… spend time with my daughter.  We went to the local library to pick up some books and DVDs.  And then shared a little conversation with coffee.  It always makes me happy to see her.

Then came a turn in the day.  I went to pick up my prescriptions and ran into a friend I used to work with.  She has been going through treatments for cancer.  I asked her how things were going and she said the chemo was done.  Not because she was in remission, but because that was all they could do for her.  The doctors say she has 6 months to a year left.  She just witnessed the birth of her first grandchild, she has three wonderful children, and is a friend to many… she has a lot to live for.  Why is she losing it all?

I feel a lot of frustration having gone through both chemo and radiation nearly 14 years ago and I am fine now… why does cancer have to be so unfair?  I do take some comfort in the fact she is dealing with it well.  Even has a vacation planned with the family to an ocean get away.  She is going to live life until the cancer will no longer let her.  She is still working at a job she enjoys and not going to quit until she has to.  She is a remarkable woman.  I have heard it said before that death is only hard on the living… seeing her life force still strong I think of that.  She has come to terms with her mortality and is facing it with great dignity.  It is those of us left behind that will mourn her spirit for many a year… I am grateful for the time that I have been blessed to know her.

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