Today I am thankful for the nurses and doctors I have seen in the last year who have gone above and beyond to help me. I am thankful for honest doctors who are straight with me. I am thankful for doctors who let me know in their own way that they will do what is in their power to help me. I am thankful for doctors who are not afraid to admit that my symptoms are beyond their expertise so they help find me someone who can fit my needs.
Today I am thankful for my Dad and the special relationship I have always shared with him. I guess you could say I have always been a Daddy’s girl. I am thankful that I inherited his sense of humor, his love for traditions, his love for giving everyone nicknames, his love for Jimmy Buffett, and most of all his belief that family comes first. I am thankful that we have a relationship where we can tell each other like it is.
Today I am thankful for Brad’s foot rubs he gives me each night to help me fall asleep.
I love my birthday. I always have. There is a running joke in our family that my birthday is the “Month of Katie.” I have always loved to prolong my birthday well into the month of November. I am not sure why I love it so much. I just do. So this year, with Brad and my family knowing full well that I love my birthday, they kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday, what I wanted to do for it, yadda, yadda, yadda…
Because I wasn’t doing so hot at that time, I was being a major grump about it. I kept saying, “I don’t want to do anything.” Or “I’m not celebrating 29 until I have a diagnosis.” or “I just want to skip it.”
Today I am thankful for my faith. I am thankful that through this tough time I have had my faith to lift me up, and I am thankful that I feel that in the last year I have continued to grow in my faith. I am thankful for Father Mark’s homily about perseverance today. It was just what I needed to hear. I am thankful that in church today we sang, “Be Not Afraid.” It was just what I needed to sing.