Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Everybody Loves A Parade

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has started and I’m sure many of you have started working in the kitchen.  Some of you were smart and made reservations allowing your time to be spent with others without the muss and fuss of cooking but reaping the rewards of great food.  The football games will be on this afternoon, there is a chill in the air (I live in Colorado) and there are hundred of commercials trying to get me to set my alarm for 3:30am for the bargains that begin in stores at 4am.

I know it’s a bit cliche to ask “what are you thankful for” only on this day…but that’s what we do.  Let me make it easy for you; if you woke up this morning be thankful.  Isn’t that the easiest thing in the world?  I know that when facing a health challenge the word thankful is often difficult to articulate.  I don’t think it’s something that has to be spoken.  I believe it’s something that you can feel or experience internally and be at peace with that feeling.

During the holidays when food is such a big part of the celebrations you may experience some disappointments.  Due to medication or other treatments your taste buds may not be cooperating fully so find what you love most in the world and treat yourself.  This can be a day of indulgence without being gluttonous.

Sharing time with others is often the best medicine.  If you feel up to it make contact with others.  It may not be ideal to host a large crowd so hopefully someone else will play host so you can enjoy the day and retreat to a quiet place if you need to rest.  The hope is that you’re thankful for knowing your strengths and abilities.

The truth is that being thankful is just about being conscious of those everyday things in our lives.  It’s about taking the time to be conscious of those things we enjoy.  I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.  Thank you for inviting me into your life on a daily basis so that I may partner with you on your journey to wellness.  Thank you for being my inspiration and allowing me to serve the world with my life’s mission.  I’m sending you healing energies.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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