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Hello Fellow Quilters,

Thanksgiving time! While I try to remember to give thanks year around November is always a reminder with our national holiday, Thanksgiving! I am thankful that I can write this article this year so I can share the many things for which I am grateful. Recently, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. You say, “what is there to be thankful about that?” Well, it was diagnosed very early. The medical equipment today is so precise it found my tumor when it was only 11mm. It might have been found sooner if I had had a mammogram last year. So, my message here is to tell you to please, please, please get your mammograms. I am also thankful I was able to find some very compassionate and caring doctors to treat me. I had to go to Portland to find them, but it is worth the trip to me to feel really cared for and to know I am in such good hands. Coming up is my surgery and radiation and for that I am thankful that my health insurance will cover almost all of it (some of it was not covered but the doctors talked to the insurance company and they agreed to cover this).

I am thankful for my husband who has been so supportive with this health issue. He is there with me every step of the way making sure I am treated as he expects me to be.

I am thankful for our quilt guild because it helps keep my mind busy on quilty things instead of dwelling on what might be. I am thankful for every one of you because without you there would be no MVQG. Because I work (I love the work I do) I am a part of the evening quilt guild and am thankful to be your evening president.

I am also very thankful for my evening vice president, Karen Gooley, for being there to fill in when I cannot make a meeting. I know she did a great job last month running the evening meeting. This is just a few of the things for which I am thankful, and I ask you too to think about what you want to give thanks for right now.

I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday and hope it is a happy time with friends and family. I hope to see you at the evening meeting, November 27th, with our speaker Cynthia Brunz, pattern designer, longarm quilter, quilting instructor and blogger.

With love, Randi

Randi Roton, PM President