This annual observance honors the nearly 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Those of us who have been served by loving family and friends during cancer treatments and the subsequent healing period feel great gratitude for the loving care they provide.

Today I want to give a shout out to the many people in my life who gave me love and care during 4 surgeries, 6 chemo treatments, 35 radiation treatments, numerous test and biopsies and endless days of recovery.

Neighbors and family who cooked, cleaned, drove, shopped, provided childcare and listened. Others hanging with me in waiting rooms and chemo treatment rooms, pushing my wheel chair so I could get out of the house for a bit, sent me cards, flowers, gifts, wigs and scarves. A choice few who came and just sat and talked with me or sang beautiful songs to comfort me or brought me particular foods to satisfy my weird cravings. The list really goes on and on. I wanted to list names but realized that would be impossible to list everyone. My heart is full as I think of the many kindness and acts of love that were extended to me.

Cancer is never experience by JUST the person with the disease but rather something the entire family experience. How grateful I am to the wonderful neighbors who supported and comforted my family…especially my children.

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