Merry Christmas!

As I look back over 2017, I have so much to be thankful for. With every passing day I always wonder what the day will bring and will Cancer return to my body ever again? December has always meant a lot to me as I love Christmas and it's my birthday month, as well as both of my parents. Thankfully, I have come through this year CANCER FREE! Never taking anything for granted! There were many highlights this year, too many to list. But there were also times of loss and sadness for many reasons.

I continue to be one of those people that looks at the glass half full and look at the many blessings in my life. We all know life is hard, whether we think about relationships, health, finances, loss, whatever it may be, we all have our challenges and hardships. But, if we focus on the good in our lives, they far outweigh the bad. I am thankful for my family, friends, my faith, my home, our health care system, and the country we live in.

I am thankful for the Christmas season and what it truly means to me. In 2010, it was the Christmas that changed my life, as well as Randy and the kids' lives forever. It was when I had my first Cancer diagnosis and had surgery on Christmas Eve. Since then, I have looked at life and the Christmas season with a heart full of love and gratitude that I am here and alive. Life is fragile! Try not to get caught up in all the stress and busyness of the season and take time to enjoy those you love. Take time to sit and reflect on your year and the many blessings you have received. Take time to watch some of those silly Christmas movies and look at your Christmas tree. Most importantly, take time to be with the ones you love and invest in your relationships because at the end of the day, that is all that matters.

Thank you for all of your love, support and prayers over the years. I will never be able to express the love and appreciation that I have for so many of you.

I want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best for a great year of health, happiness, peace, joy and love in 2018.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!