Readers thankful for health, family


MOUNT GILEAD — Gigi Franky Walker Lopez, despite difficult challenges, has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

“I had total knee replacement surgery Oct 3. Recovery takes a huge toll on you and to top it off I lost my job,” she said.

The Marengo resident credits her husband of 10 years for getting her through the recovery.

“He works 6 days a week and every spare minute he has he’s taking care of me. Wow, you truly don’t realize how much someone loves you until they completely devote themselves to you and your recovery,” Lopez said.

Other Sentinel readers shared their thoughts on what Thanksgiving means to them.

Tammy Street of Chesterville is grateful for her family and friends.

“But mostly I’m thankful to God for keeping my dad here on earth. He’s been in and out of the hospital since August with a heart attack and now having foot surgery 10 times since then and having most of his foot amputated. He’s been strong through all this. I am thankful to be spending the holidays with him still,” Street said.

Becky Creamans of Edison remains steadfast despite a loss.

“I am thankful for my family; even though my mom died, us kids stick together. Also — what is most important — our families are all invited, just like when mom was here,” she wrote.

Heatherlee Bays Hull of Mount Gilead has a pair of special reasons to be celebrating the holiday.

“I am thankful two of my daughters walked away from separate bad accidents this year. I am thankful for two amazing grandchildren, my amazing family and friends,” Hull said.

Tricia Carlyle is thankful for employment

“As a small business owner (construction), I am thankful for work. My family is the most important thing to me. And I’m glad I have work to provide for them,” she said.

Liker many Morrow Countians, Diana Wood appreciates her family.

“I’m very blessed and thankful for my family. They may drive me nuts at times, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I’m also very thankful for the county that I live in. We have our issues just like any other, but being small communities, we help each other out when needed during hard struggles,” she said.

Chris Sias says he’s very thankful for every day.

“I had lung cancer 5 years ago and am still in remission. I am so thankful for my family and friends who have been there for me through it all. And I thank God for every biopsy I have had done since my cancer for letting them all be benign,” he said. “I’m truly blessed.”

Lee Ann Hoffman of Johnsville added, “I’m so very blessed and thankful for my family … and for having the privilege of being a citizen of the USA.”

By Anthony Conchel

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