Exactly six months ago on May 23, 2017, I entered Lenox Hill Hospital for a full hysterectomy. Doctors had discovered that the great discomfort I had been having earlier in the year was actually a 6 1/2 inch dermoid cystic mass on my left ovary which turned out to be small cell carcinoma, a very rare but aggressive ovarian cancer. In addition to a full (and I do mean full) hysterectomy, my doctor, who is the head of gynecologic oncology at Lenox Hill removed my appendix, my lymph nodes, and my omentum. What is normally a routine procedure requiring a two-day stay turned into 11 days due to gastrointestinal complications.
So six months to the date, I am grateful for life. Sounds trite and common, I know. But it’s real. Nothing sobers you up about life and puts you in the seat of introspection like a life-threatening disease that you never thought you would have. And although your body may be whole, there are life-threatening forces all around us. Forces designed to shorten the quality of your life, if not life itself. So cherish each minute of each day. Make the most of life. Grasp your faith and don’t let go.
Tomorrow may not be promised, but joy is possible!
May God bless you on this day of tradition when we come together to give thanks.