It’s been 12 days since I started chemotherapy. There is part of me that has a hard time believing it’s gone by this quickly. But there have been days where it feels like the days just drag on.

I’ve had some really good days like yesterday. I was able to go in and work a full day without feeling too bad or too worn down. That was a huge win!

There have been a few nights I feel terrible, sick, and barely sleep.

In all the ups and downs, there has been one thing I’ve found to constantly help: gratitude.

I am thankful for so much. My amazing and supportive wife and my healthy, fun, and intelligent children. All the family and friends who are supporting us. The great place I work with people who care more about me then the work I produce. The amazing healthcare providers who are taking care of me and helping me beat the cancer.

Sure, there a lot of things I’m struggling with but I have so much more that I’m thankful for. And I think that makes all the difference. 

When I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep, I start thanking God for all that is good in my life. It may not help me fall back asleep, but I certainly have a better outlook and maybe even a little joy while I try to drift off to sleep.

I encourage you with this: When you are going through a struggle and it’s getting you down, stop for a minute and start listing the things you are thankful for. You’ll be amazed at how that one act can impact the way you get through your time of struggle.

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