Thanksgiving 8 (plus one)

Another Thanksgiving is upon us here in the USA, and it’s natural to sit down and consider what we should be thankful for. Especially if we write a blog. It’s been a crazy, busy, up and down kind of year, but when it comes right down to it, I still have much to be thankful for.  In no particular order, here are Eight (plus one) reasons I’m thankful this year.
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– First and foremost, I’m thankful to family that puts up with me as I am, and continues to support me in ways big and small. I’m grateful to my wife, a person who drives downtown late on a Friday night to pick me up instead of waiting at home for me to return on the subway. That’s just one of the many things she does for me, all the time.

– As usual, I’m thankful for insurance that allows me to pay for test strips, infusion sets, insulin, and doctor visits. Even if though I’m still paying too much.

– I’m thankful for this space to share my thoughts and what I’ve learned and experienced while living with diabetes. And I’m incredibly grateful to anyone who still comes here to read it. You know who you are.

– I’m incredibly thankful to organizations like Diabetes Hands Foundation, Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, JDRF, and the American Diabetes Association for persuasively advocating more, and in bigger numbers, than I could ever muster on my own.

– I’m thankful to all you crazy bike riders who cover as much as 100 miles in a single day, while raising millions of dollars for research toward a cure. You know who you are.

– I’m thankful for gatherings that allow me to meet new friends and extend existing friendships due to nothing more and nothing less than having a permanently vacationing pancreas. Diabetes UnConference, I love you.

– I’m thankful for People With Diabetes, famous and not-so-famous, who inspire me and have shown me that there is life, wonderful life, after diagnosis.

– I’m also thankful that I got to spend a few days in Brussels at the end of a business trip in February, experiencing all of the grand architecture, good food, and lovely people of a city that now has a very different look to the rest of the world. Trust me, what you’re seeing on the news is not the Brussels I discovered.

– Finally… though it sounds redundant, I’m thankful that there’s an actual Thanksgiving in the USA. If there wasn’t, there would probably be years when I would completely forget to stop and enjoy and actually, you know, be thankful for the many, many great things in my life.

Whatever your life looks like right now, I hope that this Thanksgiving brings you health, hope, and happiness. And I hope that next Thanksgiving is the first Thanksgiving without diabetes. Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

What are you thankful for this year?

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