This same time last year, three of my friends were in the very early stages of chemotherapy; one for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, another for Leukemia, a third is being treated for two different cancer diagnoses. Today, I am filled with gratitude. Mary Beth and Frieda are in full remission and Jennifer is in great hands with the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Yesterday, Mary Beth, my BFF for thirty-five years, had a surgery that we hope is the very last needed. It was a procedure recommended to reduce the chances that her cancer will come back. All went perfectly! She gets to leave the hospital in about an hour. So, she’ll be home for Thanksgiving. (When her sister-in-law heard that Mary Beth had scheduled the surgery for the day before Thanksgiving, she said, “Wow Mary Beth. You’ll do anything to get out of making a turkey!”)
Actually, her husband Terry is making the turkey for the second year in a row. He did a great job last year, with one exception. When we were cleaning up and putting away the leftovers, we discovered he had cooked the turkey with the giblets-filled plastic bag inside (an easy mistake for a rookie). We did some research on the internet and decided it was best to throw away the remaining turkey. This morning I got an email from Mary Beth, from the hospital. She wrote, “Whole family is pitching in for dinner. Should be interesting. I did remind Terry to remove the giblets this year! He said he had already made a mental note!”
Filled with gratitude, I wish my friends, my family, and all of you a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving…and a Happy Hanukkah!
Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of Binge Eating Disorder; a Life Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), A Founding Member and Past President of BEDA; The Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”. For information about Coaching Services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-321-4242.