Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a time when the Pilgrims came together peacefully with the indians in the area and had a feast for the fall harvest. Over time, it has become a holiday where we look back at our lives and give thanks to the things we have.
So what am I thankful for this year? There is so much to give thanks to. I can give thanks to my doctor. With so many unsympathetic doctors out there that don’t care about their patients, mine took the time to listen to me, do reasearch on his own time and put his trust in my hands to let me try a different course of treatment for my Crohn’s. So far it is working so thank you Dr. Potack.
I want to give thanks to my wife. She has stuck by my side through the good days and the bad. Through flares and scopes. When I was sick and depressed she was there to tell me everything will be alright and to offer advice. She supports my choice to go gluten free which was a life saver. Thank you Heather.
I want to thank my dog. She is a stubborn dog that likes to bark at the slightest noise in the building hallways. But she is quick with her hello’s when I come home and is there to cuddle me when I am sad. She gives me unconditional love when I need it most and never asks for anything in return. She knows when I need to be cheered up and will try to play with me. I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful soul. Thank you Sable.
This year I embarked on a new journey and started talking publicly about my disease. Out of a bad flare came a new life. I have started this blog and have met a lot of great people. I have become more involved in helping others with IBD. But without the help of others, I would never had taken the first step. I have thanked many of these people before, both privately and publicly, but today is special so I will do it again…because without their support and help, I wouldn’t be doing what I do. Thank you (in no particular order):
Kelly – www.sickgirldiary.com
Sara – www.inflamed-and-untamed.com
Alyssa – www.loveformutantguts.wordpress.com
Stephen – http://sdempster.com/ (The Road Less Traveled)
Jackie – www.bloodpooptears.com
Amanda – www.stopthinkingstartwriting.blogspot.com
Adam – www.IhaveUC.com
Jason – www.crohnsdiseasesn.com
This is just some of the great inspiration I have had this year. There are so many more people to thank that I don’t have the space to thank them all. So my biggest thank is to the IBD community. You have all opened up your heart to me and gave me so much love and inspiration. No one will ever really understand what it meant to me.
Ah the love of the IBD community… where would we be without it? I am in the same boat as you- so thankful for some special people for both helping me take the first step and encouraging me to continue my activism efforts. You have consistently been one of the people who helps me celebrate my triumphs and supports me through my IBD and blogging obstacles. Happy Thanksgiving!
Honored to be included in this list, and to be a part of your story and your thanks Jeffery. I am grateful for you, and for your support. Thank you, for everything. xo
Thanks for the very kind mention. It is humbling and an honor to help others in the IBD community. Wishing you all my best – Jason Leitman