Three years later after a successful bone marrow transplant in October 2008, I’ve got a lot to be thankful for. What are you thankful for? Demonstrate your attitude of gratitude by posting the things you’re grateful for in the comment section below.
Thanksgiving has taken on new meaning for me in recent years. On October 15, 2008, two days after Thanksgiving, I had a bone marrow transplant to treat my leukemia. I’m thankful for the medical help I got. I’m thankful for my anonymous bone marrow donor. And considering the doctors had given me a 20% of surviving, I’m just thankful to be alive.
One night, while undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, I made a list. I called it my “Reasons to Fight” list: 118 items of the things in life I love the most. It became a motivation for me to stay positive and grateful during the difficult time.
The list brims with the people, experiences and simple pleasures that make life so worth living. It includes things like:
- the smell of a campfire
- shooting stars
- mom’s spaghetti sauce
- gin and tonics
- BBQs and beer
- a freshly made bed
- a good fart
What’s on your list?
I’m now cancer-free and challenging the public to make October and November truly a season of thanksgiving by adding to my list of 118 reasons to fight. My goal is to have 1,000 entries submitted by November 30th! Let’s do it!