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It was October. Life was good. I was married to my high school sweetheart, we had a wonderful two-year old daughter; our jobs steady, our family healthy. Then it happened. My husband had a grand mal seizure in our kitchen.

Fast-forward 30 seconds; I believe he is pulling my leg.

Fast-forward 30 seconds; I believe he is dying on the floor.

Fast-forward 5 minutes; ambulance arrives.

Fast-forward 2 hours; he has a brain tumor the size of an egg.

Fast-forward 3 hours; we are meeting a brain surgeon.

Fast-forward 3 days; he is being wheeled into the operating room.

Fast-forward 5 hours; it is cancer.

Fast-forward 3 days; he is released from the hospital.

Fast-forward 2 days; I am back at work and acting as though nothing happened.

But something did happen. My life flipped upside down, turned right side up, tipped over and toppled down a hill. I have always been a positive person, but now things had changed. I saw the negative. I saw the negative because I did not believe our family deserved this. I saw the negative because I did not know how to deal with this new set of circumstances. I saw the negative because I did not have time to see the positive. I saw the negative because I was exhausted.

Fast forward 2 months, I am struggling.

I needed an outlet for my emotions. I needed to spark my creativity. I needed to tell my story. I needed to take things day by day and not let my mind spiral out of control. I needed to remind myself that there are so many wonderful things in my life. I needed to be thankful.

So I made a quest: Say thank you to one person, thing or action every day for a year. Here is that story.


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