It is that time of year again guys and gals. The time to be surrounded by our families and all the craziness that goes along with that is upon us. It is time to enjoy hot cocoa and the plethora of sweets that surround us everywhere we go. The tree has been up, the presents are wrapped and I’m still trying to vacuum all the glitter out of my carpet from the bows I chose to use this year. Nonetheless, it’s a time to sit back and reflect upon the year that is about to be behind us before the next one is off to a running start.
My life has changed drastically in the last two years, but I wouldn’t trade a moment of it for anything in the world. I changed my job, changed my car, and the company of those that surround me. For the last few years I lost touch with my friends and regretted each moment I missed out on. However, 2011 gave me the opportunity to reach back out and apologize for my distance. I am thankful that I did as it has reminded me how awesome many of my friends truly are. Those who welcome you back with open arms are the kind of friends you know that will be a part of your life for the long haul. While sitting around a table enjoying the brisk fresh air, just the other night, I was reminded how wonderful it can be just sitting around and talking about nothing with those who know you best.
I am thankful for this beautiful holiday season, for my friends whom I once again hold near and dear to my heart and for my family who supports me no matter how crazy I might seem some days. This is my very first holiday season that I’ll be facing with the knowledge of being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. That’s another thing to be thankful for…my diagnosis. There are many health issues my family is facing amongst us, but the most important part is knowing what we are up against and learning how to handle the holiday season appropriately. This holiday season I’m thankful for each moment I get to spend with those I love and I urge you to consider what you are thankful for.
Are you thankful for your new bike that Santa brought you, for 8 days of Hanukkah celebrations you’ll have with your family, for your new boyfriend that fate led your way, or even the possibility that your most recent Rituxan therapy might be your last one? It doesn’t matter what you’re thankful for as long as you take the time to see how lucky you are and enjoy the holiday season. To those of you who are facing health difficulties or harsh economic times just remember that there is a silver lining in each situation if you will just allow yourself to see the glimmer of hope for even a moment. I wish everyone a Happy (late) Thanksgiving and hope that there are Happy Holiday’s ahead.