ActiveRain November 2018 Thanksgiving Challenge | Day 3

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA BRE#01366594

Kathleen Daniels is a Realtor and Broker-Manager of KD Realty and NeedProbateHelp in San Jose.  

This is Day 3 entry into the ActiveRain challenge hosted by Debbie Reynolds. We've been asked to share the joys, what blesses us the most, and why it is a blessing.  


pumpkins displayed on a stack of hay 


Day 3 - I would certainly be remiss if I did not include being a breast cancer survivor in my Thanksgiving gratitude. I am certainly blessed beyond measure to have kicked cancer in the backside. I've lost many friends to the cancer beast.  Far too many are not as fortunate as I am to be alive and thriving over six (6) years post "You've got cancer."  



I am thankful beyond measure and feel joy each and every morning when I wake up. The first thing I say out loud when my eyes open is THANK YOU!  

My hands go up in the air as my feet hit the floor and I say: "Thank you for this beautiful day!"  




Photo of Kathleen Daniels in hospital prior to breast surgery


I am thankful for the blessing of cancer as well. The experience and the journey was life-altering.

Today, I live with peace and joy in my heart. I've learned what's truly important in my life. I laugh more. A lot more! I've slowed my pace down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.   

I enjoy having hair again too! 




I enjoy my real estate career. I am blessed to be able to help people buy and sell homes. It brings me great joy to provide another level of service to my probate clients that extend over and above selling real estate.  



Thank you, Debbie Reynolds for hosting the Thanksgiving Challenge



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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It's a wonderful anniversary to celebrate.  Just had one in my family yesterday.

Nov 12, 2018 08:47 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen this is indeed something to be grateful and thankful to be,  I am so glad you are here and fighting the good fight, Endre

Nov 12, 2018 10:42 PM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathleen. You are truly blessed. I enjoy getting up on the right side of the grass daily. Keep it up, you are doing fine!

Nov 13, 2018 04:46 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathleen you are very blessed to have overcome breast cancer, there are many who have not.  Hopefully someday there will be a cure for all forms of cancer.

Nov 13, 2018 10:55 AM #4
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Good one Kathleen... You have a beautiful day...

Nov 13, 2018 01:45 PM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels - Underneath that blue hospital gown is a heart of gold!

You were born to live and meet many challenges. Also,you are a success story and a remarkable woman! May you always be healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Nov 14, 2018 01:39 PM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathleen

I can only imagine the joy and gratitude you must feel each and every day. what a blessing to be celebrating over 6 years now!!


Nov 14, 2018 04:41 PM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kathleen - yes, you are fortunate and I feel I am as well through "knowing" you even though it is only virtually at this point.

Nov 15, 2018 11:40 AM #8
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

You are truly an inspiration. Your positive outlook on life is reflected not only here in this post but over the years in all of the posts and answers in the Q&A that you have shared with us. It doesn’t go unnoticed. It is very apparent that you have a peaceful and joy filled life. 

Nov 16, 2018 12:21 PM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

They have come so far with breast cancer research and so glad you are a survivor. I have a friend that is on hospice. She refused to take the doctors advice for a mastectomy and chemo last year. She believed she could eat her way to good health and take enzymes. She is in great pain. It could be any time now.

Nov 17, 2018 07:57 PM #10
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Oh, Debbie Reynolds - I am so sorry to hear/read this. A part of me is without words - the part of me that knows what it feels like to lose a friend to cancer. I have lost many. Too many. 

I've lost friends to the cancer beast - even those who did chemo, radiation, and mastectomy. 

Nov 17, 2018 08:03 PM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Thank you Kathleen Daniels. The hardest part is that she regrets her decisions about her treatment. She is not ready to let go and doesn't want her husband to be alone. She said nobody would talk with her about it (last year) to help her make the decision about surgery/chemo. That isn't true of course but it is how she remembers it. It hurts to see her suffer. 

Nov 17, 2018 08:09 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I absolutely LOVE that picture of you, Kathleen! First of all, and totally shallow of me but, nobody rocks a hairless head as beautifully as you!!

Secondly, and what is really important, is that this is a sign of YOU, what's inside - a fighter, someone with the tenacity to totally change a lifestyle to one of health and to remain on this earth to share a passion for helping others. 

You are a rock star in my book - but, you already knew that, Sis! 

Nov 18, 2018 07:36 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

That is funny but, you know, it was important to you; painting on those eyebrows gave you some added 'fighting' confidence...and it WORKED! 

Did I say you're a rockstar? Even in the OR! 

Nov 18, 2018 12:23 PM #14
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I am grateful you kicked cancer's butt also! If you hadn't, I would not have gotten to know you. I love the painting-on-the-eyebrows comment - you're right, no reason we can't look fabulous in the OR - and you did!

Nov 24, 2018 03:32 AM #15
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