Friday, November 29, 2013
I am just overflowing with gratitude today. Logging on to SP and reading the loving and supportive comments from new friends really humbled me - I can't believe people are so giving that they are willing to take their own time and energy to brainstorm my health issues alongside me. Wow.
Yesterday being Thanksgiving, I was taken aback by feelings of love and gratitude yesterday as well. Normally Thanksgiving is not a big holiday for me or my family...my dad lives out of state, and my mother has always worked in grocery stores and was never home on TG. My daughter Julie always goes to her dad's family's shindig, because they go all out and it's a big deal for his side of the family. Anyway, I worked all day in the jail doing counseling with inmates...but between sessions, I did a lot of reflecting.
This is a difficult time in my life, health-wise and job-wise, but man, I am one lucky girl in so many other ways. My husband of three years is so incredibly supportive and affectionate, and every night when I get home from work he gets up off the couch to greet me with a hug and this big, giant grin on his face...and I feel like he is so genuinely happy to see me every single day. I have two dogs who are truly like my children, especially now that I'm an empty nester. Yesterday morning, I woke up to my German Shepherd's snout tucked underneath my chin, his head resting on my chest. My daughter is turning into the most beautiful young women, funny and strong and kind. It's been hard to let her go - to not know where she is every second of every day - but I feel so confident in her ability to be safe and make good decisions.
I'm on this website for my health, and there is no better feeling of health than feeling as loved as I do. No matter what challenges I continue to face, I can rise to any of them with the kind of support that I have.
I can only hope that I provide as much love and support in this world as I receive.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.