Living with MS can be frustrating, grueling and depressing. Having said that, there is more good than bad in my life, and I thought it appropriate during this traditional time of the year to recognize and give thanks to everything that is good in my life, and keeps me going.
I am thankful for my family, who loves me, supports me, has never thought of me as damaged goods or anything less than I have ever been. The same applies to my friends, from Maine to Southern California, from Florida to Washington, and all points in between. Thank you all.
I am thankful for my colleagues at work, who are an extended family and have never treated me with pity, or expect anything less from me than they would expect from themselves.
I am thankful that I can still work full time be productive, and provide financial support for my family.
I am thankful that I can still walk, exercise, drive, get around (albeit with some difficulty) and lead a mostly normal life.
I am really, REALLY, thankful that I don’t live with pain.
I am thankful for my neurologist, who has limited my progression and kept it at a glacier-like pace.
I am thankful for modern medicine.
I am thankful that I am not afraid of needles.
I am thankful the sight of blood doesn’t freak me out.
I am thankful for those of you who read and follow this blog, for your comments, encouragement, and friendship.
I am thankful for all of you who have read my manuscript and helped me get it to the point where (hopefully) 2018 may be the year it gets published.
I am thankful that my parents, who have been gone for two years and whom I miss dearly, both lived to a ripe, old age and were able to see my son grow into his late teens. I am grateful for everything they taught me. I am thankful that they did not lose their mental or physical sharpness like a lot of people their age, and that they did not linger or suffer.
I am thankful for seeing the Red Sox win not only one, but three world series championships during my lifetime.
I am thankful for being on this side of the dirt.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody. I hope you all have a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season.
7 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Inventory”
Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family!
You too Beth. Enjoy the day and avoid the scale for a few days😄
Happy Thanksgiving Steve! Sorry to learn you lost your parents, I lost my Mom this year but my Dad is coming today to spend Thanksgiving with our family. Really enjoy your writing & learning about MS.
I hope you don’t mind but I reached out to Daniel W to let him know about your writings, we both really enjoyed working with you!
No problem at all and thanks for letting Dan know. My Mom and Dad were 92 and 96 respectively and both sharp as tacs. They passed within 5 months of each other and both went quick. Still miss them a lot this time of the year.
and I’m thankful I can call you my friend, happy Thanksgiving!
Likewise Sharon. Enjoy the day and stay away from the scales. Hope you have some company today
What beautifully written piece. I am grateful for YOU and your friendship. Meeting you was certainly serendipitous for me.