A Day of Giving Thanks

Every year on Thanksgiving I have made it a tradition to post what I am thankful for.  While I try to remember what I am thankful for daily, sometimes the bad stuff gets in the way and it is easy to be dragged down by it.  I always try to remember that no matter how bad I feel, I am still alive and when you’re alive, there’s always hope.

I am always thankful for my husband and son.  I don’t take it for granted how lucky I am to have such a wonderful and supportive husband and a terrific, well-behaved, intelligent, healthy son.  I know that living with someone who has all of the health problems I do is not easy and most men would have been long gone.  He is the one person who has always been patient with me – even when I don’t deserve it.   God was looking out for me when he gave us Logan.  He is a very well-behaved boy who brightens my every day.  He can make me smile on the darkest of days.

I am thankful for my parents.  My parents have always been there when I needed them and I know that I always have their support.  They have a quiet way of supporting and they’re not overbearing in that way.  I am not one to ask for help, but my mom just knows when I need it the most and she’s here.  When I’m bedridden, or have had surgery, she’s here to help out.

I am thankful that my health isn’t worse.  I am always thankful that even as sick as I am, I am still able to get out of bed most days.  I know there are a lot of people with ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, and IC Disease who are far worse than what I am and I have nothing but sympathy for those people.  As bad as I may feel many days, I know that I could always feel worse.  I’m alive.

I am thankful for CFS/FM/IC organizations, researchers, doctors.  I am so very thankful for all of the great organizations, researchers, and physicians who are out there fighting for us CFS/FM/IC Disease patients who tirelessly work to find a cure, find treatments, and raise awareness for us.

I am thankful that I can get out of the house to work a few hours a week.  While I will never be able to return to work full-time, or anything close to full-time, I am thankful that I can get out one or two days a week for a few hours and work.  For me, personally, working has helped me emotionally a lot and I am glad I have that outlet. 

I am thankful for strength.  I am so thankful to the Lord for giving me strength to continue to fight each day and to never give up.  I am thankful that I continue to have hope because hope keeps us alive and going!

I am thankful for YOU!  I am so very thankful to all of you readers because you, too, give me the strength to continue posting and to continue fighting each day with these illnesses.  There wouldn’t be a Fighting Fatigue website without you and you are appreciated!

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