Giving thanks.

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Hi everyone, happy Thanksgiving! My posts have been kind of melancholy lately so I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about some of the things that I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving day. It’s so easy to get hung up on our hardships and forget about all of the blessings in our lives.

First of all, I’m so thankful to have such a wonderful mom by my side, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; she’s my angel. And, I’m so grateful for those amazing people in my family who are so loving and supportive, as well as my best friend JB, who’s stood by me for many years now, through thick and thin. I’m also thankful for my cat who has been an enormous comfort (and cuddle-er) to me for most of my life.

I’m eternally grateful to live in a country where I don’t have to dread the cost of surgeries, hospital stays and doctor appointments. I’ve never had to bear the burden of the cost of those things and how it would impact my parents and my future. And more than that; I’m thankful to live somewhere that grants me access to those things in the first place.

I’m thankful to have food, shelter, running water, electricity and heat. It’s easy to take these things for granted so I try to always remind myself how lucky I am to have them. I’m thankful that I live in a country with admirable human rights, where I don’t have to fear each day for my life and freedom.

I’m so, so thankful that I still have my vision. It may not be what I had hoped but I truly treasure having it at all. The things I’ve gone through with my eyes have really taught me not to take sight for granted. I’m thankful for art, music and writing, they all give so much meaning and joy to my existence. I can’t even begin to imagine a world without them.

Last but certainly not least, I’m super thankful for this blog and my amazing online family (you guys!). You enrich my life and help get me through some pretty heavy stuff. I’m so lucky to have such incredible people in my life and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Much love to you all. Have a happy Thanksgiving. ♥ xx

9 thoughts on “Giving thanks.

  1. Hi Katie,
    I really appreciate your post right now. You are very lucky to have a nationalized healthcare system up there and even though I can’t see well, I am grateful that I, too, am not in the dark due to my vision (and have my little motel room and my dear cat). :)
    Hugs! A


    • I’ve only been to the U.S. once (for the Marfan conference) but it really made me appreciate never having to give a second thought to paying for tests or doctor visits. Hearing from the teens there how they have to worry about the financial strain having a disorder caused their families on top of everything they already lived with really opened my eyes!

      Big hugs!


      • Yes, people end up bankrupt or homeless because of medical expenses and until the rules change next year, you can’t even get insurance usually if you a pre-existing condition, I can’t work anymore and receive disability, which is worthless, and had over $10k in medical expenses last year and if you’ve seen how things are really not changing down here due to the attitude of 1/2 the country, it’s just maddening. I think the Europeans have it the best, but Canada must be better than here, even with the waiting lists! Ugh.


        • There definitely are some downsides to our medical care, waiting lists being one of them! We also lack best care practices, as well as many specialists dealing with rare disorders – EDS being one of them. Anyone I’ve talked to with EDS has had to go to the States for surgery on their spines or brains and a large majority of the time our government won’t fund the cost.
          We’re trying to change that by getting more Canadian Neurosurgeons willing to learn the special care that needs to be taken when operating on people with tissue disorders.So far we haven’t been able to find any!!


          • I hear you and have heard the horror stories from Canada. Even here, you have to go back East for the EDS docs and I’m too sick (and what can they do?) and my insurance doesn’t work outside my area–most of us have that issue. We don’t have good docs and few sub-specialists where I am, so I’d go back to Seattle if that weather didn’t make my pain even worse. I bet you’d feel better in the desert too! So, it’s rather a mess all around. That’s why I want want the Europeans have, not that any system is perfect, but it’s much better than what either of us have. Oh, boooo!


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