Although it’s sad to see someone you love going through cancer or whatever it is one might be facing, while staying with my daughter-in-law at the Siteman Cancer Institute, I was quickly reminded whatever we face can always be worse!

I hope you enjoy and are thankful for being in your right mind. I heard a patient screaming at the top of their lungs, “Don’t hurt me, no, no ….” But when I walked past their door, I saw a nurse standing by their bed gently rubbing their arm trying to comfort them.

I hope you enjoy and are thankful for your loved one(s). I heard family members cry today because they found out medical intervention was coming to an end.

I hope you enjoy eating and are thankful for your food. Our roommate has been without the ability to eat on her own for 5 weeks, and doctors told her it would be at least another 3 weeks to heal, and to keep fighting. She told me 2 times in tears she didn’t think she could do this anymore. I asked her if we could pray. We did. Only God knows her outcome.

I hope you enjoy and are thankful for your home. I walked past a man probably in his late 60s to early 70s, who was crying, telling a nurse he wanted to go home.

I hope you enjoy and are thankful for being without pain. I heard people screaming in pain.

It’s been a long time since I’ve choked up while attempting to talk, and I hope it’s a long, long time before it happens again. I don’t want sympathy. I just hope everyone can reflect on what we have in life, and be grateful.

The screaming has started again … So grateful my loved one isn’t the one doing the screaming, all the while crying for the one who is.

It can always be worse!

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