This is my promise to not do a Thanksgiving recap for you tomorrow. Spoiler alert: I’m going to eat turkey and stuffing, just like you. (I will also have spaghetti, which maybe most people don’t do? but otherwise I will have a perfectly mundane Thanksgiving which you do not need to read about.)
Instead, I’d like to talk about what I’m thankful for this year â€” and I want to hear what you’re thankful for, too!
We learned on Monday that my mom has ovarian cancer, and so as you’d imagine, this has been a difficult week for us, but it’sÂ made me even more thankful for my wonderful mother and hug her a little closer this year. The next few months will undoubtedly be really hard for her and for us as a family, but her prognosis is good.
I’m thankful for our extended family who has immediately rallied to our sides.
I’m thankful for modern medicine and that my parents live close enough to NYCÂ to have access to some of the best doctors in the world (and that it will just be a short cab ride uptown for me to see mom when she’s in the hospital)
I’m thankful as hell for supportive friends â€” from the friend who sends me funny memes every morning and has talked to my mom about her experience having cancer and having worked at MSK to EmilyÂ for sharing her mom’s experience and endless positivity with me.
As always, I’m thankful for my job and coworkers. I enjoy what I do, but 2+ years in, I still wonder how I hit the jackpot gaining such wonderful friends, too. Jordan was the first person I called when I found out, and Alex stayed with Bailey so I could come straight back to NJ for the night. I’m also so thankful for our DailyBurn community â€” our users are so dedicated, and it’s so inspiring and heart-warming. Because I can’t resist shameless DailyBurn plugs, we have an awesome full-length workout up for free all weekend this weekend to give you a taste of what we’re doing every single day, live.
This week I’ve really learned that health is so much more than marathon PRs (but hi, still gunning for one, thanks) or skinny jeans, and I’m glad that I took charge of my own physical and mental health at a young age, and that I’m in a position to spread that message to others.
And I saw someone post on Facebook today that we’re so lucky to have so much that we have an entire day just to be thankful when others have so little, and I never want toÂ lose sight of that.
What are you thankful for today?