It is Sunday morning. I am the only one awake at 9AM, reading up on a few blogs, feeding dogs, wishing I had gotten ready for church instead of reading blogs and playing with dogs. I have a full, busy day today and my niece that I love like one of my own children is coming from NJ to spend a little of her summer with us. She does this every summer and I enjoy these weeks with her tremendously.
I am also taking a few minutes this morning to count my blessings. My teenagers are in bed asleep. I know they should be up and not sleeping all day, but they are teenagers and morning is not a great time for them. I feel blessed that my teenagers spent Saturday night at home. That isn't always the case but most of the time they are here or out for just a little while and then right back home. I have never had to worry about them getting into too much trouble. I feel blessed this morning that I am not the mother of a 19 year old local girl killed by a drunk driver Friday night. I wish I knew her mother because I feel like I need to help her family for some reason. I just read the paper and realize the drunk driver was someone I knew in high school. Sigh.
My biggest blessing for this morning is that I am here with my family and, at least for the time being no one in my family is facing any serious medical issues. We have had lots of them in the past. Superhubby and I have both had many family members who have had to fight the horrible monster called cancer. I hate cancer and DD and I both support the relay for life and cancer research when we can.
Today thousands of people are fighting cancer. Cancer sucks. There is no other way around it and no other words I care to use to talk about it. There are newborn babies with cancer, children, teens, adults and older people. We all need to find time in our day to do something for someone with cancer. If you've never had cancer try to imagine the panic and fear you would feel when a doctor used that word pertaining to you. Today if you read this please go to http://toddlerplanet.wordpress.com/ and spend a few minutes sharing happy thoughts with this young mother of two small children who must now fight this beast. No bad stories, no more fear or pity.....just a few lines to let her know the fight can be won and people everywhere are cheering her on in this fight.