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A magical morning

BY SUZANNE LINDLEY | MARCH 26, 2012

This has been a magical morning.

Chloe and I played outside before playschool today. We stood by the fence and waited patiently for the horses to wander over. Magic whinnied and Chloe chattered and cooed to her. She held out her hand with a treat and laughed infectiously as the little mare took it from her hand. One by one the horses came to greet her and with each treat fed, more giggles filled the air. They were as happy to see her as she was them. Her smile was from ear to ear. It was a morning full of joy and simple memories that she we will forever carry...little things that mean so much.

In some ways it is a normal morning; in others far from it. I don't take for granted all that has happened to give me - and Chloe - these simple, treasured times. Today, however, I feel especially grateful. I have two broken ribs and a fractured sternum that tells me I am lucky to be alive. They are a reminder that life often changes in the blink of an eye and that cancer is not always the cause.

Last Tuesday night, we were driving back from the airport as the sound of colliding metal and the jolt of impact transformed our peaceful trip home into a nightmare of change. The next few hours disappeared in a blur with paramedics, policemen and firemen working tirelessly to contain the accident scene and to help other injured passengers. I asked one of the paramedics if everyone would survive and his response chills me even now, "Accidents happen and people die every day; be thankful you are alive."

I am thankful every minute of every day to be borrowing more time. Cancer is just one of the life changes that has given me the clarity to appreciate the things that we often take for granted. Family and friends, horsie whiskers, little heart-blown kisses, morning giggles, birds chirping and the sun shining are just some of the wonders I'm cherishing today.

Tell me, what wonder will you cherish today?

Suzanne

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Thanks for your amazing post and for being such a light of hope for all of us. I am reminded every day how lucky I am to see my little girl blossom into a teenager. And even though I "embarass" her sometimes, she still likes to cuddle and be hugged and kissed. We spent an hour the other night doing this and talking. It are these small moments I will cherish forever. I hope she will, too.
- Posted by Tami Boehmer 3/26/12 1:39 PM

Cancer has taken so much away from my life it is hard to be happy with what is left. Sometimes just waking up is a lot to be thankful for. My friend, thank you for the reminder that the little things matter. I am looking out my window now and enjoying the sunshine.
- Posted by AnnMarie Hale 3/26/12 3:19 PM

You are so right. In the midst of this cancer battle it is indeed difficult to remember that life continues and that other things happen, both good and bad. I cherish my family today. I am lucky to have a supportive husband and wonderful sons. I don't know what I would do without them. Thank you for the reminder!

Also, if you or anyone else who reads this has any tips for neuropathy I would be thankful for the help.

Cathy
- Posted by Cathy Davis 3/26/12 3:41 PM

Beautiful post!

Nell and I will be holding the grands and greats, as well as each other, a little bit tighter today. We are cherishing this day together.

Feel better soon!
- Posted by Tom Mast 3/26/12 4:29 PM

Life is for living, one moment at a time. No one does it better than you, Suzanne!
- Posted by Pam Schmid 3/26/12 9:37 PM

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