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« on: November 25, 2015, 2:58:09 pm »

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that my husband and daughters are safe and well.  (Even with signs of ALHS having some important health problems on the horizon, things are manageable now.) Although my parents and grandparents are gone, I'm thankful for memories of those family members no longer with us.  I'm thankful my family and I have a roof over our heads and food to eat.

I'm thankful that, even though my job and the related work environment are far from ideal, at least I have a job, and that I'm able to go to work (even though I don't always want to).  I'm thankful for my best friend and for my colleague-friends.  I'm thankful for all here on the fora, who continue to be kind and welcoming and supportive toward me, even when I'm not smart enough to belong in the room and when I'm unreasonably grumpy.  

And I'm thankful for the unconditional love and companionship of our two cats, and for the chance to keep them happy and fed and safe.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Every person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  Be kind, always.
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2015, 6:52:35 pm »

Happy Thanksgiving, amilithist.

I am grateful for my sons and husband. I am grateful for a safe trip to see the in-laws and that they are around to be seen. I am grateful for a brother who calls me regularly and sisters who stay in touch. I am grateful to have had parents who were wonderful and for having them for many years.

I am grateful for a job I enjoy, friends who reciprocate my love, and a lovely home in a friendly town.

I am grateful that I can walk and talk and think and drive--and that, despite arthritis, it looks like losing any of those is still a ways away.
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2015, 9:57:54 am »

I was diagnosed with  a chronic illness a few months ago, and it's made me grateful...

...I have health insurance
...although things have been tight, I have been able to afford the several thousand co-insurance
...because my job is not physically demanding, I've only taken a grand total of 2 hours sick leave
...several weeks before I got sick, the exact kind of specialist I needed moved to my tiny town of 25K. The clinic is two miles from home and work. If I had gotten sick several weeks earlier, I would've needed to travel 3 hours to the specialist
...the symptoms were super scary, and the diagnosis could've been something WAY worse than it turned out to be
...after a few med trials, finally found one that makes me feel 80% better with no side effects.
...the med is notoriously difficult to get insurance to pay for my off-label use, but my insurance so far has paid without a peep
...this is the scariest health problem I've had to deal with yet in life, and my SO totally stepped up and was awesome
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