A Season To Give Thanks

Every November, we sit around the table filled with great food and surrounded by friends and family, and we think about everything that we are grateful for in our lives. This is a tradition that should extend far beyond Thanksgiving. For many, the gratitude ends either the day after Thanksgiving or even that same night. People rush to the malls and stores to get the best deals on everything they think they need to purchase for gifts. It’s a sad state of affairs to see crowds of frenzied shoppers fighting over a piece of clothing or a toy.

Gratitude should be felt everyday and for everything. If you have ever read, listened to or watched “The Secret” being grateful will help bring you more of the things you are grateful for.

One the things I am most thankful for is my health. It is something that I have struggled with my entire life. At 12 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. In my early years, I rebelled and refused to acknowledge the fact that I had any disease. Of course, I did accept it and learned to take better care of myself. In 2009, I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis of the lungs which led to other problems including kidney stones in both kidneys and even a collapsed lung. Despite all of these issues, I come through them all stronger than before. I have been able to either completely overcome the problems or manage them extremely well. I don’t take medications other than insulin. I work with my medical doctor as well as a Naturopath and a chiropractor (my husband) in order to keep everything in check and in balance. I eat as healthy as possible, I try to exercise often and I do everything I can to stay healthy. Some days it’s a struggle but I do the best that I can everyday. If I am having a problem, I look things up. Doing your own research and asking questions is one of the best ways to improve your health. I am thankful to my mother for nurturing an inquisitive mind.

Because the health struggles that I have had and have overcome, I am now able to help others deal with their health issues. I now view my past experiences as a learning tool. Those struggles help me better help others of which I am immensely thankful.

Even if your health is not great, be thankful that you are aware and that you can change. Even if you feel hopeless, know that you can make positive changes, no matter how small. Every step forward is a step in the right direction. Be thankful for that and keep moving forward every day.

Have a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving!

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