I know how important it is to have a grateful heart. I read about it all the time. And, especially this time of the year it’s vital, right? With that being said, I could start this post with all the things I am worried about:
- My brain
- No income to cover my bills; being destitute sucks and is so scary!
- My gait
- My health (covering it all)
- My future (which will be covered in another post)
- Status on Disability
- My car
- The next colonoscopy
- The next EGD
- The next mammogram
- The next breast MRI (if I can fit into the machine)
Or, I could make a gratitude list. We have all heard about them, right? Have you ever made one? I invite you to leave in the comments one thing you are thankful for, especially this weekend. Here are just a few of mine:
- My nephews
- Modern medicine (where I can have 2 craniotomies a week apart and be here to talk about it!)
- The Internet (where I can connect with others who are living with Cowden Syndrome and Lhermitte-duclos Disease)
- My cats Kona and Tigger
- Same car (as above) – thankful it presently runs
- Hearing the birds chirp in the morning
- Food in the cupboards
- Water to drink
- Books to read
This list isn’t all-inclusive; I could go on and on. But, I knew it was important for me to get a few things written so I have them to look back on. This Thanksgiving was different for me. It wasn’t ideal; it wasn’t the one I would have planned; I would have preferred to do something different. But, that wasn’t in the cards. I tried to make the best with what I had.
Funny. I could say that exact, same thing about my life now with Cowden Syndrome and Lhermitte-duclos disease: it’s not ideal; it’s not the one I would have planned; I would have preferred something different! How ironic is that?! Gosh. As time goes on, and as I continue to write, I see more of these analogies of my life. But, here’s the most important line and I almost skipped it over. I tried to make the best with what I had. Presently, that’s really hard. (See worry list above). I didn’t know how to navigate my life very well before CS and LDD, and look at all that’s on my plate now! Sheesh.
Well, I began this post wanting gratitude in my heart. I am grateful for all of you who follow me on this rare disease road, who pray for me, who are my cheerleaders. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.