Today, we all reflect and share what we’re thankful for. Of course, we are all thankful for our families, friends, jobs, etc. I love my family, friends and my job more than I can ever express in words. Today, I am not spending the day with family. Instead I am spending my day with my younger sister’s dogs, one of who has kidney cancer and can’t be left alone. I know these dogs are like her children and she needed to spend time with her boyfriend and his family. She is always there to help me, listen when I’m having a bad day or just want to hang out. In this small way, I am able to show her how thanksful I am for her support in my life.

While sitting on the couch, cuddling with some of the cutest dogs ever, I’ve been trying to think outside the box. What am I thankful outside of the typical traditional answers?

I’m thankful for my arthritis. I know, I know. It sounds ridiculous. But without having been diagnosed with arthritis over 17 years ago, I wouldn’t have grown up to be the person I am today. Having arthritis is hard. Sometimes it even sucks! But I’ve learned to not take life too seriously and to go after what I want, even if no one else thinks that it’s possible. I’ve learned that while I think my life is difficult, and sometimes it is, someone is always struggling more than me. I have a great job that I love, friends that are more like family and sisters and a dad that are my only family. Life is pretty amazing!

I am also thankful for women. This year as women we have taken a stand on injustice, inequality and double standards. We have stood up and reported inappropriate behavior, sexual assault, and demeaning comments. We still have a long way to go but we aren’t giving up and that’s the most important thing.  Women are amazing and even though at times, being a women can be difficult, I wouldn’t change it for anything. Some of the most powerful, amazing people I know are women.

I encourage you to think about what you’re grateful for outside of the “traditional” answers. I hope you have a wonderful, safe and loving Thanksgiving Day with those you love.



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