Being thankful when things are difficult.

I have spent today on the verge of tears as I deal with the reality that my mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

As I am sitting here attempting to hold the tears in, I realise that I need to look at this a different way.

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Mum and I two years ago at the Hugh Jackman concert.  One of the things e love doing together is going to concerts stage shows and musicals.

So instead I am going to look for all the things I am thankful for.  I am Australian, and therefore don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or Halloween, however I think that on today of all days, it is a great time to reflect on things I am grateful for.

I am thankful that Mum is 73 years old, and up until the last 12 years, had enjoyed good health.

I am thankful that even though she hadn’t had a breast screen in the last 6 years (please go and get checked every two years people), the lump is small, and the doctors are optimistic.

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Mum earlier this year with Grace (L) and Emma (R)

I am thankful that I have had wonderful parents in my life whom I would be devastated to lose.  I realise that not everyone has parents who love them unconditionally, and support them, and I am extremely grateful for that.

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Mum and Cameron earlier this year.

I am thankful that my mother has friends and family around her who will support her, and help her through this.

I know that Mum will handle this fight with grace, a positive attitude, and a smile, and for all of those out there who are going through something similar, I feel compassion for you.

Last year at a Craft Show in Dubbo I ran into a woman who had kicked Cancer’s butt.  In honor of her 2 years cancer free diagnosis, she got this amazing tattoo.  I love the saying, and this afternoon I was reminded of this woman, and her positive attitude.  I found the photo I had taken of her tattoo, and I have made it into an embroidery design.

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I am offering this design for free on our website.  You can collect your copy of this design HERE.  Please help yourself to this design, and feel free to stitch it on whatever you wish.

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Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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