A Special Prayer of Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Dear Reader:

While watering the garden yesterday I noticed these beautiful fall leaves growing in among the state flower, the Yellow Jessamine vine. It made me stop and put down the hose to go grab my Iphone and take a picture. More and more these days my eyes see things they never would have noticed in my earlier life.

I think what life takes away from us through the aging process…God embellishes through “different lens”  to allow us to see what we once overlooked.

Until yesterday a sort of black cloud seemed to have been hanging over me…In the past week my car has broken down, my comode on the B&B side has required major (expensive) surgery, and my oven quit heating or broiling. (unfortunately it involves more than just the two elements to replace and fix it)

On the bright side…since I have two apartments with two sets of appliances life goes on but only one car and my mechanic is closed until after Thanksgiving. So what happened? Friends and neighbors have “carted” me around and loaned me their cars for appointments and errands to the extent that I have hardly missed a beat. Thank you Lord for retired gracious, generous friends…Jane, Anne, Gin-g and Vickie! There is no way I could  have done it without you.

It was Gin-g’s drive, you might remember, that took me to the Charleston Cancer Center for a CT scan of my chest, stomach and pelvis. (It was the scan that required the yucky barium drink) You might also recall, however, that it ended up being so much better than I feared originally with the wonderful Sheila, lab technician, there to help me through it.

Yesterday it was my friend/neighbor, Vickie, who provided the “wheels” to “THE” appointment…to get the results. After all the “bad mojo” of late I was less than confident about the results. My stomach was in knots. Even if I had never had cancer I would have been nervous. I figured by this time in life… I couldn’t imagine all those x-ray pictures not finding something “off.”

Of course, my greatest fear, was that my cancer might have metastasized to other areas of my body…my lungs, liver, pancreas, stomach….you name it…my thoughts had gone there. After all this time what were the odds something hasn’t moved somewhere I didn’t give it permission to?

The uneasiness was also increased due to the sudden, unexpected transitional period I had been in since my long-time friend and trusted oncologist’s departure…for the last four months.

I had a long talk with God and turned it over to Him…this was so far out of my problem-fixing range that it was useless to even attempt to control any of the factors involved in this CT scan. And guess what? I slept soundly through the night and felt a calm, that no matter how the results went…it would still, somehow, be okay. And it was!

Dr. Jeter came in with a big smile and said she had some very good news for me. There was no sign that anything had metastasized! I almost fell off the examination table I was so relieved. (In fact a few spots were reexamined…They were not malignant but ended up being old scar tissues formed from extended radiation and other long-term effects from other treatments and medications.)

These “scars” are my medals of honor…a testimony to the trials, tribulations and love of life that propel me to continue fighting for it… fighting for family, children, grandchildren, friends and people I am still to meet.

I am cooking and getting ready for family and friends tonight with a joyous heart…a special Pre-Thanksgiving gathering to thank God for His continued support and love so I can continue loving those who will come after me. Amen.

So until tomorrow….Gratitude, Thankfulness, Love! I am so happy to be here to feel these emotions today!

“This is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*All my Japanese Maple “grandchildren” are in their most unique beautiful glory right now. Eva Cate, Rutledge, Jakie, and Lachlan!

And they are off….John, Mandy, Eva Cate and Jakie are off to Huntsville to spend Thanksgiving with WT and Joan! Have fun everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving One and All!




About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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7 Responses to A Special Prayer of Gratitude and Thanksgiving

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    God is good…Love you…

    On Nov 22, 2017 6:03 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: While watering the garden yesterday I > noticed these beautiful fall leaves growing in among the state flower, the > Yellow Jessamine vine. It made me stop and put down the hose to go grab my > Iphone and take a picture. More and more these ” >


  2. Jo Dufford says:

    What great news from your doctor! I am so thankful for this wonderful blessing from God, and it comes at this special season when we are counting so many blessings and thanking God. May I share two more wonderful words of thankfulness I received this week? On Tuesday, my cousin, Deb Clayton, received a clear on her PET scan after so much chemo and radiation on those lungs and bronchial tubes. Then on Monday, my 10 year old great niece (the one who spent 2 years in ICU at John Hopkins after a house fire 3 years ago) had a kidney transplant given by a 30 year old teacher. Both of them are doing well so far. Then when I received your message today, my heart is indeed overflowing with the greatness of God and the answered prayers of so many. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all!!


  3. Dear Becky, Your post this morning brought tears of joy to my eyes!! Praise God for the wonderful results of your test!! Your news has definitely given us another confirmation that God is Good and that He loves us and hears our prayers!! Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends (as if I needed to tell you that!) and keep sharing your Story for all of us to be educated, entertained and most of all inspired!! With my love and prayers, Mary


    • Becky Dingle says:

      So glad to hear from you Mary…you made my day! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones! You support me beyond measure!


  4. bcparkison says:

    And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and Thank You Father for Becky’s great report.


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