Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful #9

I've been telling friends about my joining in with TToT recently, and they had to agree that this is a great way to be able to focus on the positive :)

There's something almost addictive about this hop as, despite anything bad happening in our lives, we are almost forced to see the positives in our lives because of it. On reading Lizzi's post just now, and following the links she gave to Dyanne's thursday post:  Two stories - one nicer than other. , I immediately came face-to-face with a very dark period in my own life which, thanks be to God, I managed to endure, and come out a stronger person because of, or even despite it :)

This has added an impetus to this week's post for me so, without ado, I give you my Week 9 of TToT:


1. I thank Jehovah God that I came through my struggle with cancer when I was 32 and, although I lost any vestige of a chance of having another child - a hysterectomy was a necessary evil - I am so grateful for the quickness of diagnosis, the speed of the NHS in dealing with it, and the amazing relief at not needing any of the more brutal treatments afterwards.

2. To follow on from the above, I'm also very, very thankful that I was blessed with the child I did have, and I thank Jehovah every single day for that blessing.

3. I’m thankful to have reached the age of 52. 20 years ago, the possibility of reaching this age was just a hope for me, but I came through to the other side and, despite other health problems now, am still alive and, figuratively, kicking! :)

4. I'm thankful for the gift of friendship that this hop has given me – something more precious to me than gold or pearls - and I’m so grateful for the really amazing people I've had the privilege to be in contact with because of it.

5. I'm thankful that, although my pain levels never reach the 0 factor, I'm also blessed with this, as I'm actually still here to feel it  :)

6. I'm thankful for those people, like Lizzi of Considerings, who is training hard, and who is doing a job that will probably be a bit thankless at times, but who does it cheerfully, and with a wonderful spirit, as she helps to keep those people with diabetic retinopathy in as tip-top a condition as she’s able to :) Having had my bad eyesight – although being caused by something totally unrelated - improved immensely over the years, I really do appreciate everyone who works in the Ophthalmology line :)

7. Just as Zoe, from rewritten, listed in this week’s hop I, too, am thankful to have been born a woman of this generation (well, of the 60’s, anyway). If I had been born earlier, I probably wouldn't be sitting here, in bed, with my laptop in front of me, writing something that will be available for anyone around the world - with internet access - to be able to read if they want to.

8. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn so much more about the people I'm in contact with through this hop. Their courage and convictions shine through the words they use, and the choices they make in their Thankful lists – and I'm often left breathless at the scope for bravery displayed here online :)

9. I’m so very thankful for the choices I've made throughout my life, as they led me here, to a place where I'm comfortable talking about aspects of my life I couldn't speak about previously, even to those closest to me. There’s something about the – albeit false – anonymity of the blogosphere that helps so many people to be able to face their demons, and win through to a better way of thinking!


10. Finally, I'm thankful, as always, to my hubby, who often goes above and beyond the call of duty in his efforts to cheer me up when I'm down, or to bring me comfort just when I feel there never will be any :) Through his efforts over the last week, I've been able to get my blog done relatively early for a change :)



Ten Things of Thankful



13 comments:

Considerer said...

Katy - I hope this didn't bring up too many horrendous memories for you. I'm SO glad that the NHS was able to work expediently to make the difference for you, and that you're here today to tell the tale. What a horrible thing to have gone through. Makes my determination to do this run and hit this fundraising goal EVEN STRONGER!

I'm so glad you love this hop, and are enjoying being part of it so much. We've really built a wonderful community together, haven't we? I love what you bring to it - your lists are always poignant, beautiful and thought provoking :) Thank you for them.

And YAY! for your husband being such a rockstar and enabling you to bring us this list early :D

Zoe Byrd said...

Katy I'm so glad you're here too! As someone who was not born in the wrong time I can totally relate. I think you have come so much farther in talking about it than I have and someday I aspire to be more like you.you would think after 30 years I could talk a little bit better about it but not so much. Give me another 30 and we'll talk!

Janine Huldie said...

Definitely is something very addictive about this hop and really does make me happy to be a part of every week. I truly do look forward to it, so I do know exactly what you mean. And like I said to Zoe, I am grateful for being born in the 1970s and not any later then that, because I know so much more then I would have if I was indeed born later then this. thanks for sharing and wishing you a great weekend now!!

Mrs. Always Random said...

I def agree with the part of this being addictive...I find myself thinking about my list all throughout the week and finding thankfulness in things I may not have before.

God is so good to have brought this list into my life when I may have been at a point when I was not being as thankful as I should.

Thanks for sharing your list!

Michelle Liew said...

You are a strong woman, Katy. I am thankful for having you hop along with us!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

I think of my list all week too- sometimes it is easier than others. Happy weekend!

HexagonalPatchwork said...

The NHS is a great resources. Sorry about what happened all that time ago but it is good that you are here and that you can share your blog with the world

clark said...

What a nicely...comprehensive list this week!

(This week I read everyone else before I finished my Post, something I avoid religiously, but I am learning from Posts like this one... not so much the specific items as much as the perspective (you take). As you know, perspective is a very significant in the Doctrine and how it might be used).

Good list!

Lizzy Allan said...

I know what you mean Katy about this hop. This is only my second time participating, but when I joined for the first time last week, I was overwhelmed by the kindness and the other bloggers in response to my post. I felt like I'd been welcomed into a new community with open arms ... so different from so many other blog hops. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :)

Christine said...

One thing I've learned as I've gotten older is that everyone has a story. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story with us. We certainly are blessed to live in an age when so many things can be fixed, giving us many, many years of life we wouldn't otherwise have.
This hop makes me smile all weekend. I so enjoy going around reading about everyone's joy and encouragement.

Kristi said...

Thanks for sharing your heart-felt list. I love the fact that you can feel gratitude even for trying circumstances.

Dyanne @ I Want Backsies said...

First of all, thank you for sharing the link to my post. You and I are definitely part of the "lucky ones", aren't we? You lost your oven, I lost my boobies, but we didn't have to endure those other horrible treatments. And we're the same age, you, me and Zoe. And I'm happy we have this outlet to voice how we're feeling, and that there are many people out there who care about those feelings and read what we write.

Katy Board said...

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, Ladies and Gentlemen - and apologies for taking so long to respond :)

Lizzi:

Time has been of great help to me where this is concerned. I still have a few nightmares about it, especially as one of my sisters died of lung cancer 5 years ago, which brought it all alive for me again, but I'm fortunate in a loving hubby who helps to soothe away my fears, and my tears :)

Zoe:

I hope for your own sake that you'll be able to open up one day and talk about your experience - I know it's hard to talk about the ins and outs of it all, but it will help you hugely to be able to talk about it to someone - anyone! I know this for a fact, as I kept it all bottled up for years, and it took my sister dying to break down my inhibitions. I talk about my cancer now, because I refuse to let it rule my life, as it had done for too many years.
I'm here if you ever need a friendly ear :)

Janine:

Yes, we were fortunate to be born when we were, as things changed so drastically after this - I guess we were the last generation to have the freedom that we did - being able to play outside until dark, without the fear of something bad happening, and using our imaginations to make up amazingly complicated games, that had nothing to do with computers, and everything to do with our freedom to invent! :)

Mrs Always Random:

I'm so sorry that I don't know your name, to address you properly. I agree with you, in that I, too, am helped by having to think deeply each week, to find out all the things that I should be thankful for. In my situation, it could have become very easy for me to rail at fate, but I choose to try and find all the good things about my life, and this has the added benefit that I am a happier person, despite my problems :)

Michelle:

Thank you, Hun, that's so very kind of you to say so - but we're all made the stronger in our associations, especially when we concentrate on the good things in our lives, so you all help me as much as I hope to help you :)

Kate:

Yes, it can be hard to think of the good stuff when things are going badly in your life, and I hope, and pray, that things will improve for you soon, Hun :)

Hexagonal Patchwork:

Having read about the week you've just had, I definitely know I've nothing to complain of! I do hope you've managed to get some much-needed rest before the work week begins again - and that you've managed to throw off your cold/virus :)

Clark:

Many apologies for not getting to you this week - but thank you for your comment - and, yes, I agree that perspective is everything when trying to come to grips with things happening in your life :)

Lizzy Allen:

I totally agree with you, Lizzy - this hop is an amazing meeting of minds, isn't it? I know what you mean about the welcome - it's as if you've been friends with everyone for years, and have just got back in touch after an absence - beautifully refreshing :)

Christine:

It's true, we do all have our stories to tell, and a fascinating process of learning it is, too :) Glad you got the pigs sorted, Christine, and I'm sorry I haven't commented sooner :)

Kristi:

Thank you, Kristi :) I've found that the most rewarding times of thankful, are the times when it would seem there was nothing to be thankful for! Dig deep enough, and it's amazing what we can all come up with :)

Dyanne:

You made me laugh, and I never thought I would about this! An oven! Lol
I love it :)
Yes, we three really do have much to be thankful for, don't we? :)
I've only recently been able to talk about this, and I've found it quite cathartic to do so - I never dreamed I'd become linked up with so many amazing people, let alone be able to talk about something that was so devastating at the time :)