As I write these words, my parents are on their way up here to spend Thanksgiving with me. So this is going to be a quickie.
This year, I have a lot to be grateful for. First of all, I’m grateful for my parents. Chronic illness doesn’t just strike the patient – it strikes her family and friends as well. This has been a tough road for my parents. Have they responded perfectly to this scenario? No they haven’t. They’re not sitcom parents – they live in the real world. They’ve been angry and scared, they’ve cried and screamed, and sometimes those things have not been expressed in a way that has been comfortable for any of us. But in the big picture those moments are not what matters. What matters is that at the end of the day, they’ve been here for me. At the end of the day, they’ve been amazing. They’ve given me absolutely everything they have to give and have battled to stay strong and supportive for me. They’ve shown up and they’ve stayed. They’ve loved me, they’ve held me when I cried, they’ve fed me and made my bed, they’ve learned to love my cats (a VERY tall order), they’ve driven me anywhere I’ve needed to go. They’ve given up on the prospect of grandkids and have surrendered the comfort of their retirement to take care of me. I wouldn’t have survived this long if it weren’t for my mom and dad and I love them and am endlessly grateful that I got them as my parents.
I am also grateful for my extended family of friends. You guys, all of you, mean a lot to me. I’m talking about my tweeps, just as much as my so-called real world friends. Guess what? I live in the virtual world now, that’s where 90% of my human interactions come from. So as far as I’m concerned you ARE my real world friends. Even if I don’t know your real name. 🙂 Whether it’s just a favorite or a like, sharing something with me on Facebook, whether it’s an email or a phone call or a Skype, every single one of our interactions has meant the world to me. They are the nourishment that has kept my soul alive in this the darkest of any time I’ve ever been through.
So thank you. I love you guys.