Thursday, November 25, 2010


As much as I would have loved to be at the big thanksgiving dinner with all of my cousins, I still have a lot to be thankful for. I am so thankful to have the large family and support system that I do. I am so lucky to have good friends and family. I am thankful for the years of volleyball I was able to play, and all the teammates and good experiences that came with it. I am thankful for all the doctors and nurses working everyday to save my life. I am thankful for laughter, and for smiles. I am thankful for good food, and being able to taste it. I am thankful for one hour showers.. And long for the day when I can take one again.I am thankful for the love and kindness that has been shown towards me. And hair. I am most definitely thankful for hair. All of these things and so much more. I am thankful for a loving god who has guided me through my trials.

And especially thanks to you mom and dad: for putting your lives on hold to take care of your little girl. For putting up with me as a roommate for so long, I love you guys so much. Thank you



  1. Happy Thanksgiving Rachel!! I am SOO thankful for you. For your amazing strength and attitude. For the way you make everything fun and full of adventure. You are one amazing girl!!

  2. Rachel,
    How simple and how beautiful your words are.
    You are our strength! No matter where we are in our lives there is so much to be thankful for!
    I am thankful for you!
    Stay STEELESTRONG! Your a wonderful young woman that will make it through all of this and have a book to write!! So keep great notes ) If you write a book I will be the first to buy it

  3. We're so happy you were able to leave the hospital on Friday. We love you and missed you and your mom at the good dinner. We hope and pray that all will go well for you and that you can be well. You are strong and a great example to all of us. We love you. Coreyne, Val, Grandpa and Grandma

  4. Hey Rachel, just wanted to tell you that you continue to inspire me. Keep fighting the good fight. I will slam a few balls in my next match for you. I will try to hit them so hard that you feel the rumble all the way back in Utah. I miss hanging out in your hospital room and talking about all the people we know. Volleyball is a small world and I am grateful that I get to be a part of it because I get to meet incredible people like you and your family. Your faith in the Lord and your faith in the Gospel will always give you light. Even in the darkest hours, just a little light can go a long way.

    Ryan Millar
    Rzeszow, Poland

  5. Rachel, your sweet post made me cry. You expressed gratitude for things that most of us take for granted. Thanks for helping us remember to be grateful. We love you!

  6. Rachel,
    You are once again proving to so many your wonderful outlook on life! We are all praying for you and hope you get that hour shower soon! Thanks for your example and endurance!
    Sister Klaassen and the Hillcrest 1st Ward Young Women!

  7. So sweet. What a great post. I loved reading it. You're awesome.

  8. We missed you and your mom at Thanksgiving!! Rachel you continue to inspire us all!!


  9. I am so grateful for you Rachel! You help me to remember & see all that is most important! Life is very, very good! I love you!
    Love, Kali