To all of my American readers and anyone else who celebrates, I wish you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. 

To those of you who do not celebrate Thanksgiving Day,  I want to point out that it  can still  be a time that is important for  all of us.  It’s always good to take time, take a deep breath and appreciate what we do have.  It is always good to take stock of all the bounties that we each have no matter if we have just a few or many.

 Even though we have cancer we have many gifts and blessings which we should appreciate every day.  Take time to think about what you do have, not what you don’t have.  Slow down, relax and appreciate what it is that you do have.  Make a list of these blessings and appreciate them.

We all have barriers in our life, but we also have good, positive things in our life, always remember this fact.

I know at least one blessing we all share, one which we all should give thanks for each and every day.  I am talking about the ability to wake up in the morning, wiggle our toes and think about what the new day might bring.  We are all still alive and that is an excellent reason to give thanks each and every day of the year.       

Personally,  I want to tell each of you in this group that among the things  I give thanks for is  that we have found each other, we have found  a way to come together and help each other fight this disease.  This is just one of the many things  in my life that I am thankful for having in my life.

To all of you and to your families,  I wish you a very  healthy Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving  year. 

Joel T Nowak, M.A., M.S.W.