Helping women with chronic illnesses

Happy Thanksgiving!

The holidays can be a difficult time for some… particularly those who have suffered the loss of loved ones at holiday time.

Please have your thoughts with those who have suffered such losses. Please also think of those less fortunate. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have enough food to eat or even a roof over their heads.

I would like to celebrate Thanksgiving here with a list of things for which I am grateful. Whatever adversity may come my way in the form of chronic medical conditions or the debts they have resulted in, I have much to be thankful for:

1: My family – I am very fortunate to be surrounded by my family that loves and supports me. They encourage me and inspire me.

2: My friends – I am also very fortunate to have many friends with whom I feel a deep connection and bond.

3: We have a roof over our heads and enough food to eat. We appreciate what we have and recognize that there are people who are less fortunate than we are. Our thoughts are with them today and every day.

4: We have health insurance (albeit outrageously expensive health insurance) and access to great doctors. We know that there are millions of people with no health coverage at all. We know there are millions of people going without healthcare.

5: We have transportation, clean water, and electricity. We are safe.


6: We have the ability to find the resources we need to manage the challenges we encounter… however serious those challenges may be. We recognize that adversity can provide opportunity for growth and enlightenment.

7: We try as hard as we can to learn from our mistakes and move forward stronger for having made them. We share information, resources, and coping tips. We help others.

8: We volunteer our time and talents to causes we believe in. We are grateful for the opportunity to help others through difficult times as best we can.

9: We are grateful that we keep learning and growing. We are fortunate to know some caring, amazing, thoughtful, inspiring, wonderful, insightful people who make the world a better place each day.

10: We are open-minded. We enjoy learning about circumstances different than ours. We appreciate diversity.

11: We are free. We have freedom of speech. We have freedom of religion. We are free to make our own choices in our pursuit of happiness.

Please take a moment to think about what you are truly thankful for. By trying to make this a regular habit (as opposed to just at Thanksgiving time), you can get stronger at developing gratitude and this will automatically help you focus less on your own pain and suffering.

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”

~~ Sarah Caldwell, (American opera conductor, first female conductor at the Metropolitan Opera)

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

~~ Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving!

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1 YayaNo Gravatar { 11.26.09 at 7:37 am }

Great post Jeanne.
One of the reasons I love blogging is that in reading other people’s blogs I am constantly reminded to be thankful for what I do have. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own pity party of not having a baby that I forget to be so thankful for what I DO have. Like my amazing husband. And our dogs. And our house and cars and family and friends. And then I’ll read a blog like Ter’s who lost her child and her husband and I think, what am I complaining about? I have my husband. I have no right to complain. Or I read a blog where they are battling cancer and I think, at least I have (most of) my health and I am not going through that. It certainly gives me an amazing perspective. There used to be a blogger, Lana, who would do this great post called “I Get To” where she forced people to look at things in life in a new perspective. Instead of saying “I Have To” you say “I Get To” and you will realize you are thankful for so much more in life than you knew. For example, “I Have to go to my in laws for Thanksgiving today” changes to “I GET to go to my in laws for Thanksgiving today”. Instant change. Makes me realize Hey, at least I have a husband and his family that actually want to spend time with me, ya know?
Anyways, great post, and Happy Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for YOU!
.-= Yaya´s last blog ..D-Vlog It =-.

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.26.09 at 1:28 pm }


I agree with you that reading other people’s stories helps put everything into perspective. As far as you talking about what’s happening in your life (such as wanting a baby), keep it up. It’s not complaining. It’s just the truth about what’s happening to you now. You have a right to express your feelings. Just because there are people going through other forms of adversity doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to work through your own grief. So you can be thankful for what you DO have and also express what you wish you had (in your case a child). Please don’t ever beat yourself up over that. The blog you mentioned sounds awesome. Too bad its no longer around or I would definitely check it out. That really is an “instant change” in perspective… isn’t it? Thank you, Alicia! Happy Thanksgiving to you too. I am thankful for YOU too! 🙂


3 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 11.26.09 at 4:27 pm }

Jeanne, now I’m the one having Stumble It troubles, but I’ll get it figured out, will come back here tonight. Just popping in for a few minutes before I slap on a little make-up and something clean to wear as the turkey cooks. We’re taking it over to some friends’ house.

So I’ll have to come back. But I feel refreshed and grateful after reading your list. We do have it very very good too. Our needs met and lots of love to go around.

I like your open mind! And it’s wickedly fun side.

And reading Alicia’s comment I do not at all agree with her on the “pity party” part at all. She is reacting normally to very very deep feelings from her very soul. But I still feel things swill work out for her and husband. I really do!

God bless you all!

Love, jannie
.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..10 Top Blogging Addiction Signs + Recommended Treatments =-.

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.27.09 at 1:30 am }


Sometimes StumbleUpon just seems to… stumble. 🙂 Yes, I have every confidence that you’ll get it figured out. After all, you have Funster Management to back you up in times of trouble! Let it be, let it be. Wait a minute… Where did that Beatles song come from? Ooh… I digress at 12:15 am with my tired brain getting silly on me. (At least I think “times of trouble” leads into the “let it be” lyrics. I’m telling you… tired brain here!

Now I get the popping in home part and I get the taking the turkey to your friends’ house. But the make-up part stumped me. Yes, I am stymied. Since when does your dewy visage need any enhancements or concealers? Am I missing something? What possible concoction could you be referring to?

I do hope you’ll come back. You see, the last I knew you were telling me I’m stuck with you and that no closing of my Twitter account could keep you away any more than a stampede of wild horses… or something… right? I’m delighted to hear that you’re feeling refreshed & grateful. Then again, you didn’t need my list to achieve that state. You’re the expert at gratitude and when are you ever not refreshed? (OK, maybe once you ingest the final donut in the box at a sitting along with the brew, you may feel some lethargy creeping in, I suppose).

Yes, when needs are met and there’s lots of love to go around, everything else falls into place eventually… even if not always on the timetable we want!

It takes one to know one with the open mind. 🙂 Since you, Ms. Funster, are the high priestess and goddess of having a “wickedly fun side”, I will take that as a compliment!

I have to agree with you. Alicia doesn’t throw pity parties. She just (wisely) allows herself to feel what she feels. Not the same. Then she moves forward in a healthy way. I admire her amazing skill at doing just that! Yes, her reactions to the adoption loss are remarkable normal. I too have hope for my dear friend, Alicia. She and Josh have been through so much.

I’m sending blessings your way too, Jannie!



5 YayaNo Gravatar { 11.27.09 at 9:29 pm }

Yes, it is sad how fast bloggers come and go from the scene. The typical blogger lasts 3 months. That means in my 1 1/2 years of blogging I’ve seen many blogs come and go.
.-= Yaya´s last blog ..Friday Fragments (including YayaJosh wedding pictures!) =-.

6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.28.09 at 12:36 am }


Wow… 3 months! Really? I’ve been blogging for 1.5 years too and I’ve certainly seen some of my favorites go. Three months, though? Wow… at 3 months into blogging I was just getting my feet wet and getting a clue. I can’t imagine stopping at that point! It’s too bad that people don’t stick it out longer. I guess for some people it may just be an “experiment” or “not their cup of tea”? Anyway, I’m happy that you were not a “3-monther”! I’m just a month behind you. I guess that makes me a spring chicken.

Nah, I’m way older than you so you get the “spring chicken” title, huh? 🙂


7 CafNo Gravatar { 11.30.09 at 12:41 am }

Always wonderful to take the time to really look and appreciate what we have. We don’t have a traditional holiday to be thankful in Australia, I just generally try to remain grateful most of the year round…I love lists like these, the things that you are grateful for help to inspire me 🙂
.-= Caf´s last blog ..A Month Of Marvellous Music Madness Juxtaposed With Spring Flare Sadness =-.

8 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.30.09 at 12:57 am }

Hey Caf,

Somehow in my brain you will always be @rellacafa. 🙂 It’s nice to hear from you. While we do have a holiday focused on giving thanks, I like to try to feel gratitude year-round myself. So I understand what you’re saying. I’m glad you like the list.

Every post you write inspires me. 🙂

I hope you feel better soon… and try to get some rest to recover from your busy month. My eyes are still green with envy that you just saw Tori Amos… but I choose to focus on my gratitude at seeing her live 4 times, meeting her in 2007 (see pictures in my music section, everyone), and also I am thankful to have just gotten her new Midwinter Graces CD… which is just beautiful.


Quotes from Albert Schweitzer:

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us”.

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

9 Have A Very Happy Thanksgiving! — { 11.25.10 at 1:47 pm }

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