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[personal] What I am thankful for

I am thankful to still be alive after four and half years of Stage 4 colon cancer with multiple metastases.

I am also thankful to still be relatively healthy even with these challenges.

I am thankful that I live in a time, place and milieu of social and economic privilege where that survival has even been possible.

I am thankful that I continue to see my daughter grow into a smart, capable, competent young woman.

I am thankful for her recent personal and academic growth, which has show her she can be successful no matter what.

I am thankful for the love of my family, for Lisa Costello and Ace Jordyn and Jersey Girl in Portland, and all my friends and loved ones from here to the far side of the world.

I am thankful for my writing career, for the opportunity to have written and be read, and for whatever lies ahead, regardless of its trajectory.

I am thankful for my job, and the supportive employer, manager and co-workers who have helped me stay economically stable and under full health insurance coverage all this time. They have often gone beyond the bounds of either duty or responsibility in the name of friendship and support.

I am thankful for all of you reading here, both those who remain silent and those who engage me in comments, via email or in person. Apparently I need an audience, and I am thankful that I seem to be entertaining and interesting enough to build and keep that audience.

Most of all, I am thankful for long and wonderful life I’ve already led. Regardless of where cancer and time’s relentless decay may take me in the future, that past and present belong to me, and they are a gift I will cherish always.

What are you thankful for? (Feel free to post a link if you’ve answered that question elsewhere.)

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