If you want to fall asleep, count sheep. If you want to feel alive, count your blessings.
I am so fortunate. My family is the best. To counter my inherent bias, I have done an informal survey to confirm my suspicions.
“You guys are awesome!” – Meghan Stenger via Facebook
See, Meghan gets it.
When it seems difficult, I remember this from Timber Hawkeye, founder of Buddhist Boot Camp :
My mom has some pretty amazing support around her.
Her 5 siblings include Dorothy, who has become a fixture at the hospital many days, Sandy, a Red Cross nurse who lives and breathes vital blood donations, Cindy, the “hawaii sister” who will be traveling half a day and 4500 miles to be here, Terry, the Dayton Deacon leading up the prayers, and Ginny, the perfect bone marrow transplant match.
Our father, Clay, has been a big supporter and puts my mother first every day.
Then, there are my brothers and sisters! Joel, Pat, Alaina, and Kristin are amazing. Kristin and I have spent a lot of time with mom in the hospital and this past week, Joel, Pat, and Alaina came from out of town to all be together. The first time since 2010!
They are such an inspirational family. My brother found a link to send ecards for free to my mom that the James Cancer Center staff deliver every day. As long as you know her name, Nancy White, and room number, 1535, you can add to the 300 already sent!
Then, we took to the snow and carved out a message for the whole James Cancer Center. #cncrsux
Here we are making the snow angels above the letters and then a selfie in front of our work.
We were overwhelmed with support on social media and then, the OSU Media relations reached out and WNBC 4 & WBNS 10TV did stories on it. My mother said that the message hit her “like a happiness bundle.” I love that.
Here are some other great pics from the past week.