So Much To Be Thankful For!

Reason_To_Be_ThankfulI have always found it a little strange that we need a day that is titled “Thanksgiving” in order to think about what we are truly thankful for in life. No matter what kinds of struggles we may deal with in our lives, there is always something that we should be able to think of that we are thankful for! I do not need a “special” day to appreciate and acknowledge the great parts of my life. I feel blessed to have family that loves me unconditionally and offers me emotional support when I need it! 

Everyone at work today was talking about their plans were for Thanksgiving. Most people complain about either making a huge meal or having to drive long distances, when it is really all about spending time with loved ones. For Thanksgiving my husband and I are planning to have a quiet day at home together with our cats! I did talk about making us the traditional Thanksgiving meal but I decided to make what I am best at, lasagna! I feel like it has been a little while, but we are planning to visit with my in-laws on Friday. With my mother being a nurse, she has to work tomorrow but I hope for her sake it will not be a busy day!

In a very crazy way, I am even thankful for MS. As difficult as it can make my life, it Thankfulreally has made me a stronger person. Plus, I do know that as much pain as I have been experiencing, it could be so much worse than it is. I am so grateful that I still have full function of all my body parts, even if they hurt like hell! I remember when I was first heard I had MS, I was terrified that I was going to be in a wheelchair. Even if someday I do have to use a wheelchair, I am old enough now to know my life will still carry on, I will still be able to do most things I do now but back then I thought it would be absolutely horrible. 

Even though it has taken me a while, I have been able to slowly build my strength up which is enabling to work more hours daily. Shockingly enough I had a fairly good 5 hours at work today and I was able to control my stress and pain slightly better. Next week, hopefully things will continue to improve and I will get closer to my normal work schedule of 40+ hours. I know my plans of working so many hours does not seem very exciting but the paycheck is always nice to see! I guess it is true, you have to work hard in order to play and do what you want to do in life.

friendship_and_butterflies_note_card_set_of_eight_681d5cb5Another thing I am very thankful for is my blog and the amazing friends I have made through this. I have had the opportunity to communicate with people all over the world and learn not only about their experiences but also their country. Being able to learn so much about other countries I feel like I have almost traveled the world! 

I have learned that not all countries celebrate Thanksgiving, but I hope that whatever y’all do tomorrow and the rest of the week is filled with happiness and comfort. I am so excited that I have the next four days off of work to rest up more so that I can feel close to 100% better for next week. I also really want go this weekend to Crisis Ministry so I can give my donations for those that are in need of warm clothes. The temperatures have been steadily dropping, so I know there are people out there that will benefit from some warm sweaters and jeans! 

As always thank for you for taking the time to read and comment on my thoughts for the day, I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can! I hope y’all had a great day and I hope your evening goes very well! Take care and much love to all of you!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

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About Positively Alyssa

I was diagnosed 16 years ago, when I was only 19 years old, with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I had gone to my eye doctor because I had lost vision in my left eye. Prior to my appointment, I had prepared myself to have the doctor confirm that I would be blind in my left eye and that was all. Never in a million years did I expect to hear the doctor tell me that after consulting with his colleagues, that I need to go for an MRI that day because they were thinking that with my symptoms that I had MS. Just a couple hours later I went to get the life altering MRI. I remember that phone call like it was yesterday. My eye doctor called me from his home at 9:30 at night to confirm what they suspected, I in fact had MS. He immediately referred me to a specialist he knew and I was able to get in to see him that same week. Luckily, after a round of steroids, my vision came back in my eye just leaving me with leg pain that would continue to be part of my life. Through the years I have tried numerous different medications that are meant to slow the progression of the disease down. I was never good at the injections and it wasn't because of the needle, it was because the medication burned like fire going in. Still after all these years I still go through my battles of denial, anger, frustration and sadness. However, I have always said that I would NEVER allow MS to control my life but I would control the disease. For the most part, I have been pretty successful with that. I mean we all have our bad days but it doesn't make the situation any better. With this blog I am hoping that with my experiences, endless amounts of research and a powerful fight i me that I can not only help others going through this but that I can learn from others as well. Living with the ups and downs of MS can be challenging but the power of the mind can beat anything that is thrown our way!
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24 Responses to So Much To Be Thankful For!

  1. Absolutely!! I am glad as well that we met through our blogs! Happy Thanksgiving! I love that lasagna idea!

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    • Thank you! I thought that making something a little different would be nice! I love lasagna and it is pretty easy too make. Of course I have to make the sauce myself or it would not be quite right:)!! I hope you have a great day!!!!

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  2. molaplume says:

    Buona sera. I prepared today’s article about “Fatigue in MS” thinking about you cara mia and you didn’t even care to check it. Buh, buh, you broke mv heart!

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  3. I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving,but I’ll be thinking of all you lovely people who do. Enjoy.

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