Gratitude

Inspired by the Chronic Babe Blog Carnival. They’re kicking off their Thanksgiving holiday a little early this year.

Tell us all about the people, resources, services, sources of inspiration, etc., that you are grateful for and how they have changed your life as a ChronicBabe for the better.”

I am thankful for my husband, who also has chronic illness.  Things have been rough for us for a long time now.  We have been through things that would cause most marriages to break up. Instead it has become stronger.  He is always there for me and I for him.  I always say “We are fighting a war, but we are fighting it together.”  He is so supportive in everything I do, including blogging!  Here is an excerpt of an email he wrote me.  Subject:  I love you  “(I have just caught up) on all your posts and THEY ARE ALL GREAT, and reading them lets me get inside your life even more and see how wonderful a person you are.  I can see why you have so many followers.”

I am thankful for those friends and family who have not forgotten about me.  Who don’t ask me how I am doing because they know what the answer is already. Who don’t just tell me to “hang in there” because I’ve been hanging for almost eight years, how much more hanging can I do?  The friends who are honest with me and tell me that they don’t know what to say any more.  Those who keep calling me, keep inviting me to their events.  Even if I can’t come, maybe sometimes I can.  The friends and family who believe me that I am sick, even though I don’t look it.

All of the wonderful friends I have made on the internet.  Some are healthy, some are sick and even though we’ve never met, they are there for me when I need them. Sometimes it’s just easier to say something on line to a person than it is in real life.

I am thankful for a new friend I have met through my son’s school who has tried to help me with what ever she can do for me.  It’s not just lip service for her, she really means it.  She is the first new friend in years that I have let into my life, who I have told my secrets to, whom I trust.  She even invited us for Thanksgiving this year!

The last person I am thankful for absolutely blew me away the other day.  I know her through a chronic illness board.  She knew about My Food Stamp Nightmare and she gave me a $100.00 gift certificate to a supermarket! I couldn’t believe that someone whom I have never met before would do that for me, and I am tearing up just thinking about it right now.  She is truly an angel on earth. She has asked to remain anonymous, saying “Give God the glory, not me. He’s the one that places opportunities before me to be His hands and His heart and His feet to ‘walk the talk’.

Those are whom I am thankful for.  Those who know that I am a mother first, a wife second, and sick person third, in that order.

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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6 Responses to Gratitude

  1. Francesca says:

    Dearest Emily,

    I am grateful for your writing talent and grateful for your advice and kind words you continuously offer to me.

    I am grateful that you have shared your experiences, resources, pursuits and dreams with me.

    I am most thankful that I get to consider you one of my best friends.

    Many warm wishes!

  2. Mrs. Tuna says:

    I am grateful the most difficult year of my life is coming to a close and things are improving.

    I’m grateful for my family who has always stood by my side.

    I’m grateful to my husband who has always supportted me in everything I do.

    Finally, I’m grateful for my new blogging friends, where I don’t have worry if my verbal filter is one and can say what’s on my mind.
    .-= Mrs. Tuna´s last blog ..Blackjack!!! Sheldon’s a Big Girl Now =-.

  3. Josanne says:

    Very nice post, and heartwarming. Thanks for sharing. =)
    .-= Josanne´s last blog ..In Case You Cant Get Enough Of Me =-.

  4. Wow, this is my first time to your blog, but this post was really powerful!!! I don’t think people take enough time out to really think about what they are thankful for, I know that I sure don’t. But after reading this post, I did take a few minutes to consider those that are there for me and brighten my life. So Thank You for the gentle reminder.

  5. FeliciaFibro says:

    This post is so sweet that it made me teary just reading it! That is so awesome that your husband reads all of your posts and that an online friend sent you a gift card! What you wrote about friends and family members is exactly what I feel as well!
    .-= FeliciaFibro´s last blog ..Thankful at Thanksgiving =-.

  6. Mrs4444 says:

    What a wonderful story. I’m very glad you shared this and that you have the right attitude about gratitude 🙂
    .-= Mrs4444´s last blog ..Saturday Sampling- November 20- 2010 =-.

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