Saturday, November 08, 2008

A little behind on the thanks...

Amazingly enough I have been too busy to blog these past couple of days and have missed my daily "thankful' posts. I had subjects in mind for those days, but never got the time to write so I'll catch up now.

Thursday, November 6
I frequent a message board for parents of kids with diabetes (CWD) and a friend posted a message this morning about November being Diabetes Awareness Month and that she was blogging everyday about diabetes. This friend, Nancy, is someone I had 'met' on a scrapbooking message board and was a source of information and comfort when Kathleen was diagnosed T1 in March (Nancy's youngest daughter has T1 as well). We have never met in person and have only spoken in the phone and computer, but she was 'there' for me when I needed someone who knew what I was going through.

Anyway, I was thinking on Thursday morning that I was thankful for all that I've come to associate with diabetes. My 'friends' on CWD, including Nancy, who are a constant source of encouragement and information; for Yale/New Haven hospital and their great diabetes educators; for medicine, medical technology and medical advancements that have come so far in managing this disease; and for being able to educate everyone I know about Type 1 diabetes.

Of course, I wish none of this had come about but I thank God everyday that Kathleen was diagnosed with diabetes and nothing more serious.

Friday, November 7
This day was my 45th birthday. I cringe when I see that number. I don't know why I have such an issue with age, but I do. Do I feel old? Look old? Older, maybe, but not old. Act old? No way. So why the problem? I think some of it has to do with the fact that my mother died at 48. Believe me, I will have a rip-roaring party when I turn 49!! So on this momentous day I am thankful to have another birthday, no matter what the number because after all, it IS better than the alternative!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Month of Thanks

I'm a little late coming to this game, but I read about this blog challenge on Stacy's blog and wanted to try. The gist of this challenge is to blog everyday for this month of Thanksgiving about something you are thankful for.

To be honest, I really don't know where to start. The past month has been full of challenges for me, some of which I'm not sure I've recovered from and some of which I'm sure will reappear. I know I should be thankful for those challenges as they will teach me and make me stronger in some way...some day. But for now I cannot think of them as blessings or 'teachable moments.' Right now I am just "getting by" using an old AA saying: One day at a time.

So if I have to be thankful for something today I will be thankful for whatever I have inside of me that is getting me by, one day at a time.