I had my own little pity party last night. I invited my husband for moral support. He did a good job having pity on me for about two minutes and then said, “Let’s go to Maggie-Moo’s for dinner!” That’s all it took. My pity party was over.
See, I’m more of a “count your blessings” kind of girl. In fact, it’s rare that Mac has to lift me up because I feel so grateful. My family is healthy, I have wonderful friends and I spend my time speaking on behalf of a beautiful mission.
So often, people will say, “It must be hard to work with people with cancer.” I think the opposite. I am surrounded by people who are so grateful. They have cancer. They feel rotten. They stand before me bald and in pain. Yet every time I turn around, they’re saying “thank you”.
Research shows that having an “attitude of gratitude” is good for your health! Here are some of the highlights from a study at the University of California at Davis.
• Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress.
• A grateful approach to life can be one of the most effective ways of coping with disease, disability, and even death.
• Maintaining a gratitude journal for three weeks resulted in better sleep quality and duration, more energy and even more time spent exercising.
It’s been a whirlwind month at Miles Perret Cancer Services and there are so many reasons to give thanks this holiday season! Our generous community continues to help our mission move forward and came out in full force for our Clint Black Benefit Concert. The more than $200,000 raised is helping Miles Perret to keep up with the 32% increase in families served this year.
Then there are the dedicated volunteers. It takes 800 volunteers to accomplish all that we do each year. They do everything from cleaning wigs to selling t-shirts at Games of Acadiana. Miles Perret has helped more than 7,000 families in 7 years and it would not be possible without volunteers.
We’re also giving thanks for our cancer survivors. I learn something new about the human spirit every day. If someone who just had a round of chemo can count their blessings, then how can I not?
This Thanksgiving Eve, Miles Perret is celebrating all that there is to be thankful for. I would love for you to join our family for Camellia Crossing. Come walk with family and friends in honor of someone you love who has braved cancer. Then, dance the night away to the Andy Smith Band and let your kids feel the rush of excitement at they fly down the giant slide. Give thanks with us for the good things in life here in South Louisiana. Register now at milesperret.org and I’ll see you on November 25th!
Please watch this video to learn more about who is "Giving Thanks" at MPCS!