Autumn is my favorite season.

The leaves look so pretty, and the weather is cool and comfy. I love the way things smell as it starts to be the holiday season, and I love how people are thinking more of how grateful the are for the people and things in their lives.

This is, of course, not to say you shouldn’t be grateful all the time, but simply that in the time of holidays and traveling and presents and a whole holiday dedicated to being #thankful and #blessed, it’s this time of year that people really stop and reflect on the good things they have in their life.

So I would like to tell you about some people I’m really thankful for.

Dr. Desai, who was the first doctor to realize that something was actually wrong with an otherwise healthy 23 year old who couldn’t breathe.

Dr. Herscowitz, who was the first specialist I saw about my lung, and was incurably optimistic.

Dr. Khandhar, who removed the organ that was trying to kill me, and doing it all through a tiny, tiny incision.

Drs. Macewen, Davies, Brunn, Nissen, Graham, Singer, Churchill, and Belsey for their contribution to science that saved my life.

These people, along with countless other nurses, physicians, techs, and loved ones are the reason I’m writing this blog to you. Two years after having a lung removed, still healthy and happy and able to love. Still singing and moving, and having fun. These people are the reason I’ve got enough energy to write this blog, speak at events, and do the job that I love. I am eternally indebted to them.

However, I’m not just thankful to them, because someone at some point gave them the idea to go into their fields. Someone encouraged them to do this. I’m thankful for my care team, but I’m also incredibly, irrevocably, resoundingly grateful to the people who encouraged my care team to do what they do every day. Every teacher, parent, sibling, friend, or lover, who motivated them to join a career in science and medicine, I am thankful to you.

So people, when someone seems like they may have an aptitude for science, encourage them, because, at the end of the day you could help someone save a life!

I’m one day early, but here’s to another year cancer free! November 5th, 2015… Here I come!

Until Next Time!
-The Frisky Fairy