I’m Grateful for Life
– 6 Personal Thoughts –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist
December 31, 2018

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Are you grateful? Are you grateful for life? Are you grateful as you start the New Year?

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What does 2019 mean to you? Are you one of those who makes at least one New Year’s Resolution? And then, within a month or two you give up on what you wholeheartedly promised? So many people make a game of it. They start the New Year with good-intentioned determination but with little results moving forward. I guess it’s just a scenario that gets played out over and over again.

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Is it possible that we take life for granted? Or, do we think we are invincible? Can’t we make positive promises to ourselves and follow through with them?

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I took life for granted for 71 years – until now! I can tell you that a powerful life lesson can make an impactful change. My New Year’s Resolution for 2019 is so much more meaningful than all those New Year’s Resolutions I’ve made over my past 71 years. My life lesson was a sudden life-death reality that triggered a renewed perspective for me.

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In September 2018, I had my wake-up call. It came about without any warning. My oncologist diagnosed an aggressive bone marrow cancer in my body and gave me only 3-6 months to live. If you were given that diagnosis and prognosis, how would you have reacted?

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I could have succumbed to my doctor’s warning, but I chose to take my treatment protocols into my own hands. I chose not to take my life for granted. I elected to see my physical body as a precious commodity that is only provided to me for a finite period of time. Whatever time I had left, I was determined to live it with principles and dignity. I was determined to be grateful.

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I feel blessed that I was fortunate to get a handle on just how tenuous my longevity might be. It’s as though I have been given a sneak peek and an opportunity, which most people will never be given.

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Today, I am beating out my oncologist’s projection of only 3-6 months to live. I am moving into 2019 with my New Year’s Resolution to conquer my cancer and to live life to the fullest. This is my New Year’s Resolution, which I intend to keep. My resolve is multifold. My intent is to …

  • Prove my conventional oncologist wrong
  • Strengthen my own natural immune system to fight this aggressive disease
  • Appreciate the remaining life I have with gratitude
  • Embrace the love from my wife, children, and grandchildren
  • Share my unconventional approach to treat multiple myeloma with all who will listen

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May I offer you 6 Personal Thoughts? If you are open to them, here they are:

  1. Give more consideration to your New Year’s Resolution.
  2. Take the time to appreciate life and the years you have in front of you.
  3. Be realistic with your intentions but also be thankful for all you have accomplished until now.
  4. Pay much less attention to the material possessions and accomplishments and much more attention to the memories and the relationships you have created and will create.
  5. Make realistic promises, which you can achieve and that will improve the quality of your life.
  6. Be grateful!

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