Last Monday I got some tough news. After being admitted to the hospital, and having numerous tests performed we found out that I have Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Once the shock started to wear off I quickly realized that in order for me to get through this I couldn't focus on my grief and disbelief. That I would instead keep my attention on giving and that's what I have been doing. During my 9 day hospital stay I made a point to give something everyday. It was usually something like remembering, and using, the names of everyone that attended to me from the drs, nurses, techs, cleaning personnel etc. Whenever someone walked in my room (even in the middle of the night to take vitals or draw blood) I made a committment to greet them with a big 'ol "Hello" and a smile.
They were a big hit with the nurses and other staff. I didn't have enough completed to give everyone one but I am working on more and will be dropping them off at the hospital this week. This experience has further convinced me that giving is really a gift to the giver. It makes you feel empowered especially when everything else seems to be out of your control. I am forever gratfeul for 29gifts and all that it has brought to my life. I can only wonder how it will impact this new journey I'm on, but I am definitely interested to find out.