Today I am Thankful that life isn't easy.
The struggles and challenges our family has faced lo these past 18 years have only made us more appreciative of the simple pleasures life grants us.
We have been thrown a few curveballs for sure, but instead of curling up in a ball and giving up, we drew together as a family and clung to our love, our faith and our blessings.
I look at my handsome husband and my four beautiful boys and am overcome with emotion. I am so blessed that they are ALIVE. That my children are not only surviving with diabetes, but thriving with diabetes. My husband not only survived the odds against cancer, he slayed them. We have rough days, heck yesterday is a perfect example of that...but if you move past those days and look at the big picture, we lead a blessed life in so many ways.
I make a lot of mistakes. I am far far far from perfect. But I have learned a hard lesson that has helped me more than anything in life...and that is I can't do this all on my own.
We can't bear the burden of this alone.
Turn to your spouse.
Turn to your family.
Turn to your friends.
Turn to the Diabetes Online Community.
Turn your sights upwards. If you feel like you are alone in all of this...you are not.
I know it with all my heart.
There is a purpose to this. Find it. Although it is hard to see when the sadness and helplessness cloud our view...the purpose is there.
And today I see that all of these challenges in my life...all the worry...all the constant constant worry...has helped me to appreciate the things that are right in front of me.
It took me awhile to learn to be happy with what I have. This might be as good as it gets, it is a waste to wait for something better.
And if this is as good as it gets, I realize that I have been blessed beyond anything I am deserved. Other than a cure, I can't imagine a more blessed life.
My husband, my boys and my family...they are all that I need. They are home. And today I want to recognize that regardless of the walls that diabetes puts up...we will go forward. We will find a way to climb over these walls...dig under these walls...go around these walls...and if need be, plow right through them.
We can do this. Making it this far has shown me that is true.
One day at a time, friends.
One blessing at a time.
Happy Thanksgiving to every one of you. Each of you are a blessing as you have lifted my burden. I'm not alone in Our Diabetic Life...how blessed am I to know this?
(This is me officially wrapping up day 24 of National Health Blogging Month in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month.)