Thankful Thanksgiving

Update 11/24/16:

I had a scan last week. The results are in. There is still nothing new showing up, which is great. The current maintenance regimen is working. There’s always the fear of a mutation developing or the cancer becoming resistant, rendering the chemo ineffective. That’s not the case right now. Things appear to be under control. This is great news.

I’m finally at a point in my life, since this whirlwind began, where I feel like I can truly be thankful for things again. It’s the strangest thing.

Two years ago I started to really realize that something was wrong. It would be an agonizing nearly two full months until I would finally learn my diagnosis. What a crappy trip that was. The unknowns were excruciating. When I was told I had cancer I was relieved to hear the words. To finally have an answer to the haunting question. I had racked my brain and swept the internet. The internet is a terrible place to turn, FYI. Everything basically says you’re going to die or that it is cancer…

stubbed your toe: cancer…

graying hair: you’re going to die… probably from cancer…

Much to my surprise, I am not dead (thanks a lot Google). Enough time has passed to process things, to realize this is not a dream. So yes, I can finally be thankful. I accept that there is no cure. I understand what my future most likely holds, but I’m thankful. I am totally thankful.

I have been extremely fortunate to have the best family, gf, friends and doctors anyone could ask for. I would not be here without each and every one of you. Thank you all.

Now please let my fantasy football team win…


21 thoughts on “Thankful Thanksgiving”

  1. Awesome news Jill ! We are also thankful that you are feeling much better! Have an extra special Christmas this year and all the very best for 2017!! You are in our prayers!

  2. Awesome news, Jill, and so very happy for you! Keep kicking cancer’s ass and always fight like a girl! Christmas blessings to you and yours. ❤

  3. Oh Jill, this IS great news! So very happy for you. Enjoy an extra Merry Christmas! You are a very brave young woman with lots still to do in life!

  4. 9 years ago almost to the day Stephanie’s legacy would become a tale that would start with an ending… your story has the potential for trilogy or even a remake 30 years later!!! You are the reason we wore teal ribbons of hope at her funeral, why in her memory we have raised $250000… because you are not a statistic on the internet! You are an amazing woman whose story gives hope and whose tenacity kicked cancers ass!

    1. Thank you Chandra. It’s amazing how you guys keep Stephanie’s legacy alive. It’s so great you’ve raised that much money, but also awareness, which you can’t put a dollar sign on. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  5. Lots of love and wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – here’s to the continuation of kicking cancer’s ass!

  6. Awesome my friend!! Glad to hear good things, you deserve it!! Merry Christmas to you!! And keep your positive attitude, Love you Jill Mac!!

  7. I understand your journey and feel your pain and share your happiness in your News ..stay strong ..stay positive and i admire your humor and strenght thru it all ..The Big C word is very surreal as i have joined the ranks in this last year of hearing “its Cancer twice”..Stay Strong We got this my friend ….They gave me hope that the emotional and physical struggles that had suddenly consumed my life were NOT my life forever. That this was temporary, and I would pass through this storm and feel the sun on the other side.” love you Jill keep feeling the Sun

  8. This brought me to tears Jill. I am so happy that you have reached thankful thoughts again. You are a trooper and an inspiration to us all. Thank you!

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