Happy Thanksgiving!

What I am Grateful For

On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to take the time to put into words what I’m thankful for.  The meaning of this holiday often gets slighted, and people forget to take the 5 minutes before stuffing their already full faces to share what they are most grateful for. This year, Black Friday – a day that went from excitement over surprising loved ones with gifts, to complete commercial showdowns – has now encroached on Thanksgiving itself.  I’ll barely have time to decimate the pie table before I’m encouraged to get in line to save on a 42” flat screen.  Ridiculous.

This is not what the holidays are about, and this year my family is making a concerted effort to get back to basics: time with family, good food and laughter. So here I present to you:

The 15 Things I am Particularly Grateful for Lately:

1. My Hubby: who still makes me laugh while working himself to the bone so that I might have a chance at recovering.

2. My Family: no matter when or where, they answer their phone, and did not judge my multiple F-bombs over medical frustration this week.

3. My REAL Friends: the ones who listen, and don’t just say, “Uh-huh” and wait for their turn to talk.

4. My Cat: no matter how cranky he gets, he never leaves my side.

5. The Rheum Community: Without you, I’d be lost.

6. My Heating Pad and Ice Packs: often the only things keeping me from complete meltdown.

7. Hobbies: knitting and reading allow my mind to focus on something other than pain and stress.

8. My Rheumy: who gets equally upset when I am misjudged or not properly cared for.

9. Access to Good Healthcare: I will never take for granted my right to choose my healthcare team, and not be forced into sub-par care.

10. Prescriptions Paid in Full: I don’t know how this happened, but I’m not complaining, and suddenly find it much easier to be med compliant ;)

11. Pain Meds: without you I’d be totally immobile.

12. Healthcare Advocates and Organizations: You help make my goals a reality by giving me a chance, and future generations will thank you for your hard work and selflessness.

13. Laughter and a Positive Attitude: being unhappy is a choice in a lot of ways.  No matter how bad it gets, I always remind myself someone else is dealing with a lot worse.

14. Lipstick and Blush: they can fool anyone into thinking I feel like a million bucks – including myself.

15. Non-Chronic People and Organizations That Care: those brief moments when I’m asked what life is like living with autoimmune arthritis restores my faith in the world. Their curiosity is veiled empathy.

What are you thankful for?

Posted on November 22 2012 with 4 notes



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