October is officially over. Today, we say good-bye to the Halloween and Fall season as stores will likely be decked out in Christmas decor! And in a few weeks, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, which is always a time to reflect on the things we are thankful for in our lives. Personally for me, November is an extremely important month for multiple reasons. Aside from LOVING Thanksgiving, it is also Samuel and my Mom’s birthdays (one day a part too)! But it is also awareness months for two very important causes in my life: National Adoption Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
There are 2 significant days in my life that changed the course for my family and I. First being the day I became a mother through adoption as my son’s birth mother placed him into my arms. The other being the day my mother was diagnosed with Stage IIIb lung cancer.
While you can imagine, both events had very different reactions. Celebration, joy, and happiness as Samuel entered our family. But sadness, confusion, and fear as cancer entered our family. Life will never be the same after either events. But here’s the thing…God has been good in both of them.
Samuel has been one the very best things that has happened to our family. He has brought so much joy and excitement to our lives over the years. And well cancer, it didn’t bring joy and excitement, but it has been an important reminder to appreciate your loved ones and value every moment of life. While I wish I could sit here and say that my mom is cancer-free, I can’t. But what I can say – treatment has been amazing and with each appointment we continue to get positive reports. God has been good. A year and 4 months after her diagnosis, you’d never even know she was sick. God has given her the will to fight. And I know she will continue to fight.
So the fact that November is the month that we get to celebrate the birthdays of Samuel and my mom, but that we also get to celebrate the months dedicated to raising awareness for two important causes that affected them both; I find simply amazing.
In honor of both of these causes, I’ll be raising awareness over the course of the month about lung cancer as well as continuing to raise funds for a family in the adoption process (check out this for more about that).
So here’s to November, a very important month…