My Grown-up Chronic List

In one of the several FB groups I belong to, the question was asked, “What is one thing (or more) you are thankful for this holiday season?

I listed a couple of things; however, since then I have come up with more so I thought I would share them here. Unlike the song that inspired the title, this is not a list of what I want, but rather what I already have and am thankful for.

  1. Our new place with its beautiful view and a ton of natural light, which helps my depression. I never wanted to live in a condo again; however, I can’t think of anything wrong with this place. I have felt healthier and happier in the seven months we have been here.
  2. Our new pup, Miley. It is so great watching all of her “firsts” like snow, the cat, playing in the dog park. Yes, I have to push myself to take her out several times a day (she is a pup), but I get exercise, fresh air and the chance to talk to people!
  3. Monkey, our black cat whose personality lifts my spirits constantly, from her finding boxes that “just fit”, to her standing under the pet food cupboard waiting for a meal or treat…and she isn’t quiet about it either!
  4. my care aid, who took me shopping yesterday after everything was done at the condo. That takes a weight off my hubby and gives me a little more freedom. She does so much around the place, tends to my health needs, makes meals and is a real gem of a person.
  5. My friends who don’t see our moving away as a barrier. It is a good reason to try out a new sushi restaurant!
  6. This one might sound really off the mark, to those who have chronic illnesses and to those who don’t. I am truly thankful for all my health conditions, physical and mental. “Why,” you ask? I am not thankful that I am sick all the time or of how I am treated in the medical system. But I am thankful that everything I have gone through has made me a stronger person and able to help others.
  7. I am so thankful for my writing abilities. They went away when my mental health was at its worst but when it came back, I knew that I was on my way to being in control of my illnesses and now I can use my writing to reach out to others who may be feeling the same way as me and may relate to some of my experiences
  8. I am thankful for my husband’s and my food intolerances. They have forced us to eat healthily and I am enjoying cooking “real” food. I am buying less processed foods and eating things fresh rather than buying in bulk and freezing them.
  9. I have the best husband in the world! He accepts me as I am in the moment, which is big for a person dealing with mental, emotional and physical challenges.
  10. Jesus Christ, who has given me all of this and more.

I could probably think of more; however, this is my top ten!

I leave you with Amy Grant’s “Grownup Christmas List”.

Lydia!

 

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