Pictures and Words of Gratitude!


Traditionally, this time of year, many of us will gather during for our traditional TLC Survivorship Session's annual one-night "Gratitude Retreat!"  This year we will be doing a much simpler virtual (via Zoom) version of that on Monday, November 16th at 9A and Tuesday, November 24th at 630P.  Whether you are/were able to join us for either of those sessions... I invite you to share one thing that you find yourself feeling grateful for!  Take a photo of that one thing or something that represents it and download it here along with a few grateful comments!!!

I know many of you have so much to be grateful for... so feel free to share up to one gratitude entry per week!

And, while you're at it... plan on sharing photos and comments of your Holiday tradition(s) starting in a "Holiday Traditions Photo Book" (coming on December 1st)!!!

You'll be able to share a photo of your decorated Christmas tree, outdoor lightings (any Griswold's out there?), your Holiday village, decorated Christmas cookies, a gingerbread house... any Christmas tradition that you want to share!

Pictures of Gratitude!

December 30, 2020 - We are grateful for the opportunity to experience the natural gifts which surround us like "Christopher Farm & Gardens" has to offer to the Cancer Survivors!!  (Photo taken in early 2020 during a ST&BF visit to the CF&G)

Submitted by Beverly Leonhard

December 3, 2020 - Thank you Holly for making me get dressed every morning and out the door for our walk!

Submitted by Carol Wise

November 25, 2020 - When I saw Tim's suggestion for one entry per week of something that we are grateful for, I immediately thought of Zoom. It might seem shallow and not what his original intent was, but I truly am grateful for the platform. It has allowed me to continue to do yoga with cancer survivors and offer a glimpse into your homes --- with decorated Christmas trees, crawling babies, cats, etc. It has allowed me to connect on a regular basis with my family and friends. Some of these people live in other states or even foreign countries. I have to admit that I am perhaps "better connected" than I would be if things were truly "normal." Zoom has been a blessing in disguise!

Submitted by Mary Schueller, RN

November 25, 2020 - When I saw so many family photos being submitted (including Mary's photo of her Dad)... I waited until this day before Thanksgiving to share this photo of the two most adorable and amazing people in my life... my Mom & Dad... to whom and for whom I am profoundly grateful!!!

Submitted by Tim E. Renzelmann

November 24, 2020 - I am so thankful for my family. The last time we were all together was Christmas in October 2019. We came from different parts of the country (WA, CA, WI) down to Orlando. FL where my oldest son Mike and his family  live. Precious memories.

Submitted by Sharon Pentek

November 23, 2020 - I am grateful for my family/team. Thankful they are always there encouraging me....whether it was on my cancer journey or on a bike ride.

Submitted by Linda Ansay

November 19, 2020 - I am eternally thankful for the family which God has blessed to me.... don't know what I would do without each and every one of them!!

Submitted by Leah Heusterberg

November 19, 2020 - Yes... I am grateful for these and all other face coverings for the lives they have saved... but I am especially grateful to the many amazing healthcare heroes behind these masks!  I thought about gathering our very own MOA/SCBS healthcare heroes who regularly make so many sacrifices for the health and well-being of their patients for a quick group photo... but not only are they really busy... but I certainly didn't want to add to the risks they are already accepting as they do their essential work!

This article includes a lead line that describes almost every community today, "As healthcare workers battle the pandemic for the ninth month, local hospitals are reporting a strain on healthcare resources and staff."  Please do as this article suggests and show your gratitude for our healthcare heroes and wear a mask, if not for your loved ones or yourself, for them!

Submitted by Tim E. Renzelmann

November 18, 2020 - I am grateful for wonderful memories!

Submitted by Beth Stockdale

November 17, 2020 - Veterans Day falls in the same month as Thanksgiving. Each year I try to remember in some special way the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our United States Armed Forces. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude! 

In particular, I am grateful for the service of my late Father, Kenneth J. Schueller, a veteran of the Korean War.

Submitted by Mary Schueller, RN

November 17, 2020 - Having a precious grandchild to spoil. We only have one but lives far away in Florida. Miss him terribly because of COVID.

Submitted by Sharon Pentek

November 16, 2020 - My best bud - Joey.  He will be forever in my Heart!!

Submitted by Kay Baumann

November 16, 2020 - This is a picture of 3 of my grandsons, Gabe, Izzy and Ethan. Every day I am thankful for my family.

Submitted by Barb Bogenschutz

November 12, 2020 - I took this photo during our ST&BF OUTDOOR "POP UP" Hiking Along the Cancer Journey at Maywood Environmental Park.  Even though we couldn't gather as a group, it was nice to see some familiar eyeballs on the trails!  In "Gratitude: The Short Film" by Louie Scwhartzberg, Br. David Stiendl-Rast says, "Open your eyes... and be surprised you have eyes to open."  As if the sight of natures beauty is not enough... the simple fact that we can see and hear and feel and appreciate its beauty is even more astonishing!!!  Yes, these are trying times... but life offers so many reasons to be profoundly grateful!!!

Submitted by Tim E. Renzelmann

Pictures of Gratitude!

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