Let’s Talk About Gratitude

Dear Ones,

There really is so much to share!

Tomorrow starts a whole new journey.  We have a 7:30 am appointment at the Dana Farber Cancer Hospital where we’re going to make some decisions about upcoming treatment.  Please, please, please say some prayers for us!!

Naturally, I’m concerned about my eligibility to the brain cancer society so I’ve got to keep working hard on my gratitude list.

Gratitude begins at home — so let’s begin with the wonderful Vitale family I was born to.  

To my sister Julie Vitale Lancaster — I didn’t “forget” your birthday yesterday, time simply got away.  I know you turned (-)(-) and I’m wishing you another (-)(-) happy years to come.  You’re the best!  😉

For those who don’t know, I’m the youngest of eight — a ‘change of life’ baby, if you will, as my Mom, Sarah Vitale, was forty eight when she delivered me.  I have four beautiful and gracious sisters — and each one could give Sophia Loren a run for her money.  They’re all so stylish, so graceful, so captivating whenever they enter a room.

I’ve also had three brothers who were smart, hard working and incredibly funny.  Well, actually, Jimmy is funny enough to be three brothers all by himself.

Let me shower some gratitude on my nephew Todd Lancaster — Thank you, Todd, for asking me to be Max’s godmother.  All of Todd’s children are exceptional athletes, and I can promise you that my godson will be tackling quarterbacks in the NFL one day; but that’s not the most wonderful thing about him.  Max’s face is the face of joy.  When you meet Max, his eyes sparkle so much that he makes you feel as if you’re the most awesome person in the world (at least until he meets the next person).  I am truly delighted to be close to a young man with that sort of enthusiasm for life.

Now, let me make it perfectly clear that ALL my nieces and nephews are precious to me — the ones I’ve mentioned in the blog, and the one’s who’ve complained to me that they haven’t been mentioned.

So far, I’ve had a total of twenty nieces and nephews, thirty-three grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and thirty great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews.

This will help you put it all into perspective: when Liqa was little, we were teaching her the state capitals around the same time as we taught her the names of all her cousins — she said it was easier to memorize all the capitals!

Let’s move on to discuss the gratitude I feel for my colleagues at work.  Mostly I’m grateful for their sense of humor.  By that, I mean that I appreciate people who’ll howl with delight when I tell my daily ‘Captain Catholic story’, updating everyone on my husband’s latest adventure.  It’s also nice to work with a bunch of people who can garner enthusiasm for National Kale Day.  I am in such a wonderful group!

Can you believe it? We’ve reached my bedtime long before we’ve reached the end of my gratitude list; but let me add YOU to that list, the people who’ve reached out to me in the past few weeks with more love than I could ever have imagined.  Such an abundance of support, kindness and prayer.   Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!

Off to dreamworld,



About pamvbradford

I am a fifty seven year old banker specializing in government banking. I have a beautiful twenty-one year old daughter and a wonderful husband. My husband and I recently downsized, and purchased a beautiful condo in Watertown MA. We love our new home. I know I am a very fortunate person. I am surrounded by supportive family members, by supportive coworkers and by the marvelous support of our faith community at Sacred Heart Parish in Lexington MA. As the Psalm says, "There is nothing that I lack." My whole life changed on July 18, 2012 when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The news came from out of the blue. My tumor was removed by the marvelous Dr. Mark Johnson and his wonderful team of surgeons at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The surgery truly was a miracle. I couldn't possibly have gotten better care. Now the 'easy' part is over. The tough part is to learn to walk with God in the midst of danger and surprise. My mood shifts from gratitude to fear and back again but I know God has a purpose for me. There's a reason I didn't die on the operating table. There's something that God wants me to do. This blog is my effort to share with others, with all of you, what it is that I am learning as I put one foot ahead of the other, live each day as it comes, and discover what it is that God has to teach me. Your prayers keep me going. Your love comforts me. Your knowledge and faith guide and teach me. God bless you all!
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5 Responses to Let’s Talk About Gratitude

  1. Pam, I can only imagine how funny the rest of your family is, knowing you. I guess you could say that you must come by it “naturally”….It’s a gift. A gift I wish EVERYONE had (they don’t)!!

    Sleep tight. And I will be thinking of you tomorrow at the 7:30AM (that’s early) appointment at the DF.

    Love and prayers your way,

  2. Peggy Arena says:

    We’ve been in touch frequently with Steph & Jeff on all your goings on, We’ll be thinking about you tomorrow & want you to know you are in all of our thoughts and prayers. As they say, keep the faith, be strong & power on, Chris, Peg, Alex, Sammi & Christopher

  3. Jean Lancaster says:

    Such kind words, Pam. You are a sweetie! We all continue to send positive thoughts and prayers your way. I was talking to my neighbor MaryLou, who has been dealing with her own cancer and family member cancers, and I mentioned your battle. She is praying for you and has added you to her church’s prayer list as well. MaryLou knows everyone, so I figure that you have the Greater Ohio Valley praying for you by now 🙂

  4. bill says:

    Hi pammy: Have not checked in… so just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of all of you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

    billy paine
    ps: I just saw that I can make a comment today… wished I saw this feature last week!

  5. Julie Lancaster says:

    Thank you, Pam. That means a lot. My best birthday present….you, recovering from brain surgery, and getting ready to kick the blank out of the rest of it. Go, brain cancer society!

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