An Attitude of Gratitude

  1. As November begins, so does a new time to reflect on the blessings we've received throughout the year. This thread is for everyone with an 'attitude of gratitude' to pause and post at least one thing you're thankful for. I'll begin:

    I am thankful beyond words that my husband is alive and doing reasonably well in fighting his stage IV neuroendocrine tumor. For awhile there we weren't even certain he was going to make it to our anniversary in late September, and he sailed through it with flying colors. He looks much older than he did a year or two ago, and the drugs are making him more tired-out than he used to be. But he still has enough energy to walk a couple of miles every day, indulge in his hobbies, and cook breakfast every morning.

    I am thankful for the programs that exist to help patients who cannot afford cancer drugs. DH's meds cost $8,000/month which is far more money than I've ever made per month in my entire life. Thanks to these generous donations from the manufacturer, we get his chemotherapy pills and injections for free. (Yes, we're that poor now.)

    I am also thankful that my recent trip down the rabbit-hole (which is what I call my mood episodes) is over for the most part and I'm back to playing well with others again. Mania starts out fun, but then it turns on one like a rabid dog and bites HARD. Thank God for good medications, good therapies, and the wise physicians who prescribe them!

    These are but a few of the things I'm thankful for this year. What are yours?
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  3. by   Sabby_NC
    So thankful to be in love with a wonderful man, enjoy life where we live, work in an area of nursing that is the most rewarding and where you can make a difference in some ones life, honor their goals and wishes in twilight of their lives. Oh what a blessing that is.
  4. by   cardiacfreak
    I am thankful for my 6 beautiful grandchildren, my 3 wonderful children, my husband, and as much as I hate to admit job. I am also thankful that God has protected me and my family from tragedy and sickness this past year.
    I am also thankful for the AN family, a place where I can come and spout off, get advise, hopefully give sound advise, and laugh with people who understand where I am coming from.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm thankful for many things but one stands out this week and that is my daughter-in-law finally decided to listen to her OB doc and to me and probably many others including my son that it was OK to stop working right now and take care of herself and the baby. She has been experiencing some pretty terrible edema to her LE's and dizziness and weight gain and small spikes in BP . . . . and of course THIS nurse who worked L&D for years thinks "pre-eclampsia".

    She feels guilty for not sticking it out to the end though. Guilt is not an appropriate feeling here - she did nothing wrong.

    Praying for the safe delivery of my 1st grandchild.
  6. by   Ted
    I hold much gratitude for a great many things. . .

    There are a few that stand out for this year, though.

    1) Having my mother spend her last few weeks of life with us. Without a doubt, it was an emotional time. But spending time with my mother from when she could still enjoy even the smallest things that life have to offer to when her spirit was leaving her body was precious beyond words. I miss my mother terribly, but I hold not regrets and I hold many precious, precious loving memories of her.

    2) My wife, Amy. This year, especially, was full of new and expected milestones in life. Caring for an ill parent was one big one. Another was celebrating my wife's 50th Birthday together which was close to the time when we celebrated our 27th year of marriage together. During our vacation in Sedona, this year, we did a lot of reminiscing of all of the trials and tribulation we've experienced together. There was lots of adventure including music productions, college, career changes, attempting to make children, living life without children, caring for ill family members, buying houses, taking vacations, lots of romantic times, lots of fun and play, lots of loss of loved ones, lots of music and lots of love. I love my wife dearly.

    3) My family and friends. I tend to be a loner, mostly because of the hours I do for work (working the night-shift). Lately, though, I've been appreciating the value of having good relationships with family and making time to establish friendships. My decision to re-re-re-establish my self to this web-site was made, in no small part, for my desire to simply reach out and keep some level of friendship with some fine "internet friends" here. We may all have tendencies, at times in our lives, to be "loners" but I believe that we can find much support, satisfaction, welcomed challenges, opportunities to be supportive, opportunities to be and feel accepted, and opportunities to just simply have fun, laughter and relax when we reach out to valued friends and trusted family members.

    4) My hobbies: Music composition and videography. Both bring much satisfaction to me and both are wonderful creative outlets (when I take the time to do them)!

    Last edit by Ted on Nov 2, '13
  7. by   BCgradnurse
    I have so much to be grateful for. First and foremost, I am grateful for my 2 wonderful children. It's been a blast seeing them grow from babies to young adults. I'm also grateful for the support of family and friends over the last year as I was going through a divorce and finding myself again. I am thankful that I have meaningful and fulfilling work to do, that also enables me to pay the bills. I'm grateful for the animals in my life, who make me laugh and give me unconditional love. I am grateful for the friends I've met on AN, and the opportunity to meet a few of you in real life.
  8. by   herring_RN
    I'm grateful for the life i've had and hoping for more years.
    Having a good childhood gave us a great start.
  9. by   NutmeggeRN
    So thankful for many things

    1) My son , one year ago was at the end of a horrible relationship...he is now engaged to a wonderful girl!!!! Old friendship, new relationship
    2) He has relocated to our home town, not south of the Mason Dixon line!
    3) I have the joy of new "grandchildren"
    4) My mom is 80 and still living independently
    5) I have a job a really love
    6) I have a p/t job that I make good many at

    And I have AN to keep me sane!
  10. by   imintrouble
    If I'd not had children, or a grandchild, I'm sure I would have had other joys to take their place. But I do have both, and I cannot imagine any greater gift.
    Last year I was grieving the absence of a daughter. This year there is a fragile peace between us. Life is good.