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!