The Facebook group that I help moderate, Medical Musings with Friends, runs a weekly thread called ‘Thankful Thursdays’.
The wonderful lady who started the forum, Sam, encourages members to reflect on the things that we are thankful for each week. It’s an excellent exercise in gratefulness.
I’ve written before about being thankful, however I wanted to dedicate a specific post to some people and things that I am particularly appreciative for.
Within the first six month or so of dating my husband, I got pneumonia. He came to my aid and helped me out a lot. During our time dating, I was sick on and off, and had several bad injuries. He stuck by me, and made the decision to marry me. He didn’t know, however, that my issues would be permanent.
The last couple of years, when my health has declined, he has been my rock. I could not ask for a more supportive, loving, and helpful man to be by my side.
Family and Friends
I am blessed to have a loving family, and some very excellent friends. I know that they are there for me, and care for me. That means a lot.
I have also connected to friends online that have been a great source of support. I’m very grateful for those people, and for those internet communities.
Socialised Health Care
I grew up in Canada, and later moved to the UK. Both countries have socialised health care systems, meaning that I don’t need to worry about paying if I need to see a doctor, or get tests/treatment. Outside of limited prescription costs (which are extremely limited in the UK, especially with prepaid cards), I don’t pay for any health care.
When hearing about the stress that health costs can cause people in other countries, I am very thankful that I have not had to worry about that.
It’s almost Christmas, and it often conjures up images of turkey, gifts, trees, tinsel, pies, and family gathering together.
All of those things are wonderful, and I love them all (although I can’t eat much these days), however what I’m most grateful for is the central reason for Christmas existing: The birth of Jesus Christ.
Jesus being born represents hope. He brought love and forgiveness to this broken world. And for that, I am thankful.
I have a whole load of other things I’m thankful for such as: comfy pajamas, my bed, baths, the reduction of migraines I’m having, Christmas decorations, snow falling down, a nice cup of tea, kindness, the internet, my rollator walker, medications, books, my mobile phone, and so much more!
So, today, and this holiday season, have a think about what you are thankful for. You might surprise yourself about how many areas in your life that you feel blessed with.
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