Happy November and welcome to the month of gratitude
My chronic illness has made me a thankful person in general. I’m thankful when I’m not in my dark quiet room. It doesn’t mean that I’m not in pain, but if I’m good enough to be out of bed, I’m thankful.
I’m thankful for many, many, people who love me for just who I am. I have had to weed out the people who don’t understand but isn’t that life and maturity? I’m at an age now where my confidence is at its highest. I know who I am and have surrounded myself with people who truly deserve my time. I can be knocked down and dragged out by my migraines at any moment so I don’t waste my time with people who don’t make me happier or feel better.
I’m thankful for cuddling with my husband and eating dessert while we watch our favorite TV show. It’s the small things in life that count and I’m so thankful that I get to spend my life with him. Waking up to his face allows me to put one foot in front of the other during my worst days and if I can’t walk, he’ll carry me.
I’m thankful for my kids more than words can explain. I’m thankful for my body that carried those babies and fed them. I had never been thankful for my body before my two children. Not many girls are in love with themselves due to way too many unrealistic expectations. With that added to being chronically ill, I never gave myself credit for what it can do. It’s easy to focus on how much my body restricts me but I’m now grateful that my body gave me children that motivate me every day.
I’m grateful for my third child, who came to me first, my amazing dog. She’s so much more than a dog, she gives me love that a human can’t and is one of my strongest therapies. (My dog my nurse my love)
As always I am thankful for my family. My parents, my in laws, my sister and beyond are my rocks. You don’t get to pick your family, but if I had the choice, I’d choose them.
The people that I have chosen and am so thankful for are my friends. They are people who could have walked away from our friendships because of my illness. Most of my best friends have seen me in a lot of pain, throw up, packed me in ice and have had me cancel plans due to my migraines. But they love me, dry heaves and all. I’m thankful to have the most loving, supportive, funny, intelligent and amazing women as my friends. They are great examples to my children on what true friendship means.
Up until last year I had been a stay at home mom and it was the most challenging and incredible experience. I now have the opportunity to be a full time mom and part time teacher. I am so thankful for the opportunity to join the work force again but mostly how I was received. My boss and coworkers instantly became friends and confidants in life. They are aware of my Migraines and not only are judgement free but are supportive. They either have Migraines themselves, have a spouse who suffers or see Migraines as more than a headache and how it alters my life. It is an accepting group and one that wants the best for each other. My students and their family’s are people I go home each night feeling grateful that I get to be a part of their lives. I love teaching and being able to go back while keeping my migraines in check during school hours has been a blessing. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to go back to teaching and it fills a void I had while being at home.
I’m grateful for the Migraine community and MyMigraineLife. My life and confidence, once again, changed when I began my blog. Fellow sufferers are so powerful in their words and encouragement and I am confident that it has saved and improved lives. We have laughed and cried together while sharing stories, advocating for foundations and making steps towards greater health.
My list of thankfuls and gratefuls can go on forever. I am so blessed! I guess I can complain about migraines, and believe me I do, but being thankful is way more fun and productive. Migraines are depressing and many people get sucked into the pain hole that seems too deep to come out of. Remembering my blessings keeps me mentally battling with pain, nausea, aura, weakness, fatigue etc. in a more positive way. The mental battle is incredibly difficult and I’m so thankful I have so much to be thankful for and motivated to fight for.
Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting on my blog and thoughts. I’m thankful for you!!! Without your feedback there would be many days that I would not be able to continue my blog. It is difficult and uses spoons I may not have. Your comments, likes and shares motivate me because I know I’m helping you or someone who may stumble across this page.
Please add to my Thankful list. I will compile the answers and post the list for Thanksgiving. Come back everyday and add something you are thankful. Showing gratitude, even for the smallest things, gives strength.