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Gratitude is Good Medicine

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Gratitude is Good Medicine

Sometimes the best way to show our appreciation is a hug.

When I was given my first cancer diagnosis in 2006, I had been living what I thought was a good life. I had long since given up fast food and the equivalent emotional junk food of gossip and other degrading conversations.  It wasn’t until after my second diagnosis in 2007, however, that I began to recognize the qualities that were missing in my life: among the most important was gratitude.

Of course, I appreciated that I had married a good man, landed a respectable job, and was raising two promising kids. But when I looked deeply at my inner life, which my second diagnosis prompted, I had to admit that I maintained a deep-seeded desire–and insatiable thirst–for more.

I wanted a more beautiful house, a fancier car, more disposable income, an updated wardrobe, more help to keep up the house and yard, more time to travel, more of this and more of that.

There’s positively nothing wrong with wanting more–and my list wasn’t over the top. What was off-balance, though, was that I wasn’t appreciating what I already had. I was psychically grabby for what I didn’t have and removed from what I had that already made my life so good. Essentially, I wanted things to be more perfect!

Perfect. Yikes! Perfection at that stage of my life was attainable only in fleeting seconds.

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Leigh Fortson

Leigh Fortson has been writing and editing books about health and nutrition for decades. She is the author of Embrace, Release, Heal: An Empowering Guide to Talking About, Thinking About, and Treating Cancer (Sounds True, 2011). Every month, she will write about a topic in her book that was instrumental in defining her healing journey. To learn more, go to


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6:10AM PST on Nov 9, 2011


1:59PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Thanks to everyone for posting. Sorry I haven't taken the time to respond to each and every one of you! You've given me the idea for my next blog... Stay tuned!!

8:58AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Gratitude is a blessing in itself. When we are thankful and think of others, our depression dissipates.

8:49PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Good point. Being grateful and making the time to be grateful -- is wonderful. Thank You.

7:37AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

thanks for the article :)

10:16PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thanks and God Bless you.

2:00PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Very true. Thank you for this. God bless, and take care of you.

6:30AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

a very beautiful message ...thnks

12:43AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011


6:08AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Thank you!

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