Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Survivors

There are survivors all around us.  Perhaps I passed some last night in the aisles at the grocery store.  Maybe the woman in her car next to me at the light has a story to tell.  The guy at the gas station.  The older lady sitting alone having dinner in a restaurant.  The couple strolling through the parking lot at Target.

I read and see stories every day about struggles and survival.  They're all over the news, and every single one I hear touches me in some way.  These stories stick with me.  I think about the people -- people I don't even know most times -- and I pray for them.

A story ran on in the beginning of July that I can't stop thinking about.  It's about a woman who's pregnant and living with an inoperable brain tumor.

You can find the article here.

This woman -- Jessica -- isn't letting this tumor just take her.  As soon as she delivers her third child, she will start radiation and chemotherapy in an effort to shrink it.  She is taking advantage of every day she has on this earth and isn't just "accepting."  I encourage you to read her story.

So today I'm thankful that we have people like Jessica who choose to fight... who choose to survive... who choose to live.

I know today's post is a bit deeper than usual, but I feel like it's important to remember that we are surrounded by people who could be dealing with so much.  And, in many cases, if we don't know those people, then we are those people.

I'll be back soon with the last part of my BlogHer adventure, but, for today, I hope you can remember what you're thankful for as well.


  1. This is so true! I totally took this for granted before, but in the past few months two of my family members have had to go through tough times and it made me realize how many people are dealing with big things or have family or close friends going through them.

  2. It's interesting that you write about being surrounded by people who could be dealing with so much.....we lost our daughter about 6 years ago. I remember a few months after that as I was going into a store and feeling so incredibly lost that the people who were in line in front and behind me had no idea what had happened in my life. I then had the thought I didn't have a clue as to what they were dealing with either. I think we have to be gentle with each other....and give others the benefit of the doubt.

    1. I am so, so sorry to hear about your daughter. And I know exactly what you mean about feeling "lost" around others... like you're in a completely different universe. I am a big people watcher, and I often wonder what people's lives are like and what they are dealing with... obviously hoping that only good things come their way -- but, as we know, that isn't always the case, unfortunately.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you that I think we could all have a bit more empathy for one another.