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Feeling Thankful

Feeling Thankful

Many studies have shown that being thankful leads to a happier life. And heck…who doesn’t want to be happier??

So I’ve recently started a new habit. Every day, I name three things I’m thankful for. Yes…they should be said out loud. No…they don’t all have to be deep. Just anything I’m grateful for. Looking around my space right now, I’m thankful for the following:

  1. I’m thankful I work for myself.
  2. I’m thankful my two puppies hang with me in my home office.
  3. I’m thankful for a sunny day.

Yep, it’s that easy.

How about being thankful you have celiac disease? Here’s an email I just received this morning. It’s kind of a rant, but a thankful one. Yeah I know that makes no sense but just humor me and read the following.

When you discover that your poor baby…now officially has the trilogy of fun autoimmune diseases, coeliacs, vitiligo, and just today…fresh off the press…. hypothyroidism… who do feel you need?

Your family? No, they will say things like it all right, you take good care of him, he will be fine, or you end up reassuring them that it’s not a big deal really. Your friends? No, they will say it’s not so bad; just a few more pills and look what a good happy boy he is. Your doctor? NO, he will say here’s a script.

The first person I thought I needed was a dude in a universe… far…. far….. away.

Thank you for providing a place where I can say “What the fuck. My poor baby. It seems so damn unfair.” Normally we are a ‘happy to be gluten free and happy to have coeliacs’ family but I feel so angry. For all the times I knew something was wrong and I took him back and forth to doctors…who…oh just guess…surprise !!!! said nothing wrong with this kid, but perhaps his mother needs a happy pill.

Thank you for providing the only place on the planet where I can sit in tears and say…damn this disease. I feel so lucky to have it…and only it….as I watch patches of white creep across my child’s face.

Thank you – you beautiful soul. It is the only place where with not an ounce of self pity, we can just say FUCK THIS.

As I’m putting the finishing touches on my eBook, self-doubt has begun to creep in. Is this a piece of sh*t? Does anybody care what I have to say? Will I be helping the community I care so dang much about? Will I make a million dollars?

Then I get the email above and instead of self-doubt, I feel gratitude. For being an outlet for a disease that can be maddening at times. For ONLY having celiac disease…knowing many, many people have it so much worse than me. For making friends that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t have this blog. For being able to HELP PEOPLE. Cause at the end of the day, that’s what we’re put on this earth for. Not to satisfy our own greed and desires, but to help others.

So what are you thankful for today?


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