Because Gratitude

You know, I read a lot about how in the midst of trials and affliction we need to be grateful.  And, I even heard last night at Institute class we need to be grateful for our tribulations.  Now, I’m not at that point yet.  I’m not there – grateful for the brain tumors, rare disease diagnosis, losing my job, the lifestyle I had before all of this.  Maybe I will be, one day, but today is not that day.

But, I will say that I have thought about some of the blessings in my life, that have come since diagnosis.  Maybe I wouldn’t choose these, but I don’t think that matters.  I mean, a blessing is a blessing, right?  Who am I to say, “Oh,  thank you Lord for this blessing but I wanted that one, instead?”  Nono.  Doesn’t work that way.  AT LEAST – I know now that it doesn’t work that way.   And, I guess isn’t that part of life?  To learn, grow, progress, and see things with new eyes?

So, here we go.  Now, a small disclaimer:  this isn’t an open invitation to discuss Obamacare, or the ACA.  I actually have very strong feelings about that and I am not going to go into here.  Because gratitude.  I am a recipient.  And, I need to say thank you.  Thank You.  To those of you that have been affected negatively by Obamacare – I have been affected in a positive way.  I don’t know if this makes any difference to you – but, I Thank You for helping me with my medical issues.

As things have progressed since the first of the year, I haven’t had to pay for any of my medications.  I take many medications that I will not list here, but each time I leave the pharmacy, I say a small “Thank You” to Heavenly Father and to those of you have been burdened.  This is a huge deal.  Separate from the fact that I had to pay $500 to the Feds for taxes for last year (Unemployment monies that I am no longer eligible to receive) things are pretty tight right now.  Very tight.  Thankfully, Mom loaned me the money for the Feds but other than that?  I don’t know how it would work if I had to pay monthly for all my medications.  I haven’t ever added up that monthly cost because I know the total amount would sicken me about as much as the $500 tax bill did!

Each time I have a brain scan, or abdominal ultrasound, or breast MRI, or doctor visit, I don’t have to pay for those either.  Wow.

Just sitting here, typing this out, I’m overwhelmed.  I may get on the pity pot many times a day about how my life has changed negatively and I cannot do the things I once did (financially or sometimes otherwise), I am so thankful to have the burden of my medical being taken care of today.  Again, I feel bad for those of you who are impacted negatively by Obamacare, because I feel I am a cause of your pain and struggle.  I would be remiss if I didn’t Thank You for helping me.



3 thoughts on “Because Gratitude

  1. i’m so glad the obamacare is working in someone’s favor! i have only heard negative things about it, but we also have been given a break with it. we are saving SO MUCH MONEY on our new plan, we can not complain.

  2. 🙂 As a librarian and trainer, who has presented numerous ACA programs to our staff and people who live in our area, yeah! It’s so good to hear good! Yeah!

    And yep, your Mom is awesome!

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