At Thanksgiving time here in the U.S. we pause for a bit with family and friends and count our blessings. If you are like me, and have faced a serious, life threatening diagnosis, you take this process pretty seriously. I welcome the time for reflection and for expressing gratitude for people who have made all the difference. Here's my list. Maybe it will spark you to think about the people who have helped you.

In April, 1996 when I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia – a disease I had never heard of (but many have now since CBS Newsman Ed Bradley died from it a couple of weeks ago) – it was neighbor and friend David Nudelman who helped me connect with other people with this condition via an Internet "newsgroup." Sudden I wasn't alone. One of the members of the group was a woman named Barbara "Grannybarb" Lackritz. She welcomed my wife and me calling her on the phone to learn more about CLL from an "old-timer." She referred me to Dr. Michael Keating at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, a place I had not heard of before then. Dr. Keating is a world renowned specialist in CLL and became the architect for the advanced care I eventually received. All of these people made a huge difference for me as they led me through the process that has resulted in a deep remission for CLL and today I feel great and take no medicines. I am forever indebted to these folks and many more and I think of them often.

There are people who have made a similar difference for you. Think of them and, when you can, thank them. Let people know how a simple act by them – a phone number to the right doctor, a kind word, a helping hand will never be forgotten.

Have a great Thanksgiving. I appreciate you visiting our website and hope you will tell others about us.

Andrew