During Thanksgiving, we often reunite with our families, celebrating a long-standing of giving thanks for the beautiful people in our life.  Sixteen-year-old Jessica Meyer beautifully sums up the power of family in her article giving thanks for the love of two special people in her life. 

Support is powerful. When support is given to someone, regardless if it is small or extravagant, it is meaningful. Going through hard times, especially fighting cancer, flips your whole world upside down. Being a great support outlet to that one person can have an everlasting effect on them and you. Your support can give this person hope, strength, and joy. You can help turn their negatives in life to a positive. By just giving that one person a smile or ask how they are doing. Support could mean to just be there whenever someone needs you, no matter what. I know that when I was going through my cancer treatments, I don’t know what I would have done without my two main sources of support.

My number one main support was my mom and my dad.  My second main support was my grandparents. First of all, a huge shout out to my parents, they have always been there for me. Holding my hand through all the downs in life and right there beside me celebrating all the ups in life.  They have done so much more for me that I am eternally grateful.  Having support from the ones we love is one of the many greatest gifts you can receive in life.  I am so lucky to be one of the ones to receive the gift of support, especially during my cancer treatment. My other main support system was my grandparents, and I would like to dedicate this article to be about the awesome support from them.

As soon as my grandparents found out that I was diagnosed with cancer they immediately packed their bags and started driving their way down here. Now keep in mind that they live in Reno, Nevada.  So, they drove about 2100 miles to come over and help in any way they could. I am so thankful that they did this because they made what was such a difficult time just that much easier, by showing their support in such an extravagant measure. Going through cancer, it became easier for my parents and I to get through this “speed bump” in our lives.

What is the importance of having support during the hard times in your life? When you and your family is experiencing life-changing events, you need that shoulder to lean on, and a person that will take care of those little worries that distract you from dealing with what is at your hands. It is important have someone there to just talk to about anything and everything. The support of a person will help handle your worries, for instance, you have the lawn to cut and dinner to make while you are trying to deal with this difficulty. Having support during these challenging times in your life, help you function better which gives you more clarity to stay focused on your battle.

Now for this year’s fall break, I got a gift of a lifetime. I got to visit my grandparents, or as I like to call them Nanny and Pop Pop. I have not seen my grandparents in person since the end of my cancer treatment, which has been about 4 years. As you can imagine that I was extremely over the moon excited about this trip.

The trip to visit my grandparents was a secret surprise trip extravaganza that was planned a few months before I knew anything. My parents and my grandparents planned this surprise trip way back at the beginning of summer for my birthday. Now keep in mind that my birthday is August 29thand I did not find out or even had any idea of this trip till my birthday. This was all kept a secret for quite a while and I have to say that I am quite impressed because I was in constant contact with everyone involved.

The trip itself was everything it planned out to be and better. We all were counting down the days way before the day came close to when I was going to fly out to see them. I imagined how the first time we would see each other, and how magical it would be. When I did get off the plane and see my Nanny and Pop Pop it was like a dream come true. During the days that I had with my grandparents, we did everything in the book from the incredible seafood buffets to all of us sitting in bed all snuggle up watching a movie and eating dessert. They even took me around town to show me all their favorite places. But most important is that we got to spend time with each other. This vacation with my grandparents was wonderful, I loved every second of it.

To summarize all of this, I absolutely enjoyed my trip to go see my grandparents and I had the time of my life.  But the major point that I wanted to get across is that it is a big positive to invite support into your life, particularly during the trying times. Or be that outlet of support to someone else. Remember all it takes could just be a nice smile especially to that one person. We all know that life is a roller coaster ride and it’s so much better to have people buckled up right beside you to enjoy what life has to offer.

Note:  Jessica invites you to visit her YouTube channel “Positively Jessica” where you can learn about me enjoying life and my new “vlog the blog” series to see more about my blog creation and behind the scenes of this articlehttps://youtu.be/Sfd-NYEw3zE