A Thankful Turkey Day

Thanksgiving DinnerThanksgiving has always been one of Emily’s favorite holidays.  Admittedly, in the past, this was because she loved the food so much.  But this year it was particularly special as it provided an opportunity to relax, spend quality time with family, and be truly grateful for her health.

This same time last year, just a few days before Thanksgiving, Emily was supposed to receive her 5th round of chemotherapy.  While she was hoping to feel well enough for turkey and all the fixin’s, she also worried that the chemotherapy side effects would forever associate the taste of Thanksgiving food with nausea (which has unfortunately been the case with numerous foods).  However, any negative connection was averted when her treatment was delayed due to low platelet counts.  While you may assume that Emily did a jig at the opportunity to now gorge on stuffing and mashed potatoes (well, okay, there was a little jig), the fact that she would go a whole extra week without treatment was nerve-wracking and altogether unwelcome.

The GuysFor the first holiday since her diagnosis, cancer was not the focal point, and Thanksgiving 2013 was about laughter and celebration.  Making it even more special, Emily’s family – Shelley, Kevin, and Chris – flew to Los Angeles to spend the holiday in Emily and Miles’ new home.  The whole family relished the opportunity to breathe easy over Emily’s newfound strength and health, and to be together for copious amount of movies and board games (Chris is quite the Uno player, beware!).

Preparations

As for the meal, Shelley and Emily cooked a marvelous feast, which led to Emily collapsing into her bed by early afternoon for a much-needed siesta.  Meanwhile, the Bennett men intended on spending Thanksgiving lounging on the couch watching football, but once Miles enthusiastically educated them on the rich history of their new neighborhood “Candy Cane Lane”, and the responsibility of each homeowner to decorate in excess of Clark Griswold, they sprung into action.  Soon, lights were dripping off the gutters, wood cutouts of Frosty and Christmas trees lined the yard, and life-size Santa Clause blow-ups were dancing on the rooftop.  Although the electricity bill may now rival the mortgage payment, it’s pretty cool to be able to see your house from space, right? 🙂

Decorating

While it may have seemed like just another holiday visit with family, to Miles and Emily this Thanksgiving was so much more.  It was a reminder to cherish those things that are truly valuable – family, friends, and health.  Emily and Miles are grateful for your incredible support and love over the past year and a half.  You’ve help get them to this point, and for that, they are so very, very thankful.

Happy Holidays

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4 thoughts on “A Thankful Turkey Day

  1. Thank you for this joyful post and giving Dean and I the opportunity to see Kevin, Shelley and Chris again even if it was in pictures. Your Christmas excess is awesome. Love, Linda and Dean

  2. This is just wonderful! Emily and I know just how a diagnosis like this can ‘center’ you and you now have a much better understanding of the phrase ‘Life is a GIFT’…..Each day truly is and for the little things. Turkey, friends and family, living on a street called ‘Candy Cane Lane’, REALLY??????? I love all of Emily’s posse but am a bit appalled by Mile’s ‘trickery’ in getting everyone out to decorate when they thought they were going to rest and watch ‘football’ all day!!!!!
    That being said it is exactly what I am going to do. My tree is not decorated yet so I am going to invite my kids over for PIZZZA tonight!!!!!!!! Love and Hugs!!!!! Bonnie xxo

  3. So, so happy to see this wonderful post! It especially does my heart good to see my ol’ buddy Kevin, so happy after the past challenging year for all! Job well done, Emily and everybody!

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