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Judy Galenza a trainer with Alberta Health Services in Camrose, made a Change Day pledge to “think about at least one thing I am grateful for everyday”. As Judy explains, her pledge started life earlier this year when she and her sisters spent some very special time together.

This fall, I was blessed to have the opportunity to spend a wonderful weekend to count my blessings with my three sisters. We have shared many a “Sisters’ Weekend” over the years but this one held perhaps more meaning than any other. Last year, we learnt that my oldest sister had kidney cancer with metastases to her lungs and bones.

She has had a difficult year undergoing a couple of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation but through it all, she remains positive and employs her ‘suck it up’ attitude regularly. She endured a 6 hour road trip in order to participate in what could very well be her last sisters’ weekend and for that, I will always be grateful.

We spent our weekend together Counting Our Blessings by journaling our thoughts about one another, creating a Count Your Blessing lantern to always remind us there is light at the end of any tunnel and finding that special rock to keep in our possession that would remind us every day to think about one thing we are grateful for. Thus, my change day pledge was born.

I continue to be grateful every single day for the love and support my sisters give to each so freely. We know our times together are about to forever change but we also know, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.”

 

                 Judy (far left) with her sisters