What are you Thankful for?

Today is a day to be thankful for a lot. Most people are thankful for their friends and family and to begin the holiday season with lots of festivities. All great things. However, let’s remember those who are simply thankful for their lives. I have a LOT to be thankful for this year… and looking back at last year, spending Thanksgiving in the hospital hoping and praying for a miracle – everything gets put into perspective. Last year I was thankful for a donor for Harvey, thankful that he was able to leave his room, even if it was in a wheelchair. Thankful that he could have a soda as his dinner because that’s all he could stomach. Thankful that his family got to visit just for a few minutes. Thankful to get to sit next to him and see him smile… not knowing that it would probably be one of the last times…

Thursday, November 25, 2010 10:27 AM, EST
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! And thanks for all the Thanksgiving wishes. Even though Harvey has had a really rough week and gotten some bad news, that only means that good news is on it’s way! We still have a lot to be thankful for… the best doctors and nurses, a DONOR and lots of support from friends and family. Harv definitey had a rough week, and the past day or two have not been any better. His spleen is starting to become enlarged again… which is from the cancer. It is painful and causes him to not be able to eat anything. So finally when he is just able to start eating again, this happens. He’s also low dosed on his pain meds to get him prepared to come home, so he has been in a lot of pain. The one good part is his ANC came up to 1,420… we are just waiting on the platelets but they are usually the last to recover. IF he goes home some time soon, they’ll need to load him up with platelets, and he’ll be coming back over the next few weeks to get transfusions as an outpatient. That is the short term goal for now… coming home!


I’ve met some amazing people throughout the last year and one who I think about and check up on from time to time is Wil. Check out his story HERE. I met his Mom, Karen last year while we were both pulling some late night-ers at HUP. We found comfort in each other and even though our stories were completely different, sharing them and relating to one another about life and how it can change in an instant was just a little bit of strength that we needed to get through some of the really hard days.

So when you are sitting around the table this year be thankful for EVERYTHING you have.



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