I’ve always thought I was a thankful person. I always thought I was appreciative of the things that I had and the people I have in my life. This year, I think I learned about that more than ever.
It’s been a long year for me…
Last year at this time, I didn’t know I’d deal with thyroid surgery or the diagnosis of thyroid cancer. I didn’t know what a thyroid does, until it wan’t there to do the job. I didn’t know what it was like to deal with crutches and scooters and a foot that needed surgery. I didn’t know what it was like to deal with places that claimed to handicapped accessible, but then not be able to get my scooter in the place. I didn’t know what it was like to really be hurt by a friend and have them leave my life. I didn’t know the pain of trying to walk after a cast was removed. I didn’t know the helpless feeling of having to depend on others to get me places.
I also didn’t know what it was like to have a family really support me and be my help. I’m the one in the family that’s usually doing the helping, but I found they could be there for me. I’d never really tested the “in sickness and health” part of my marriage vows but now it’s been tested and Hubby came through in flying colors. I never, personally, knew the joy of receiving test results that were life giving. I never knew what a blessing it is to walk on two feet. I never knew the joy in being a grandparent. I never knew the joy in watching my child become a parent. I never knew that long distance friends can really have an impact on a person’s life.
There are so many things I’ve experienced over the last year…so-so many things. Many of them not so good…many of them good.
Even though there has been bad, some of them needed to happen so I could see the good.
I am so thankful for all that has happened to me this year…the good, and the bad. It’s helped me grow. It’s helped me to feel loved. It’s helped me really realize that our time here on earth is precious.
More than ever this year I am thankful for my family, my health, my home, and the people who touch my life.