Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
My parents have the best network of friends and they really came through for my mom when she was undergoing her breast cancer treatment. Rides to and from chemo sessions, meals, sourcing all different kinds of ginger-based products to help with the nausea. Even just coming over in the evenings to watch a show together and chat. It all means something to the patient and their family.
I am by no means an expert on gratitude. I know I am personally grateful for all of my parent’s friends who supported both my mom and dad during her battle with cancer. There really aren’t enough ways to express my thanks to them. In thinking about gratitude, I created a free gratitude download to help you keep track of everyone who supports you (or your spouse) during your treatment. Use it to log visits, meals gifted by friends and family, cards received, etc. It will be most helpful when it’s time to write thank you notes.