For many people, today is celebrated with family and friends. It’s a day to remember the blessings we have in our lives and offer thanks. I know how fortunate I am to have this life, and sometimes I take it for granted.
I’m thankful for my family and friends because without them, my life would be empty. They bring me joy and happiness, and I’m thankful to share this life with them. I’m also thankful for diabetes. I am strong and independent because of this disease. I know and understand my body on a deeper level because of diabetes, and it’s made me a healthier person. Without diabetes, I wouldn’t know many of you, and I might not even be writing these words. Some of my very best friends are diabetics, and I don’t want to imagine my life without them in it. From camp to mentoring to blogging to cycling — my life is richer because you are a part of it. And chances are, we’re friends because we share a diabetes bond. If not having this disease meant our friendship would be sacrificed, then I’d say no thank you. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful I have diabetes, and I’m thankful for you.
I love my life and the people I get to share it with. Thank you for being part of the journey, and know you are deeply loved and appreciated. Diabetes, turns out, has been a beautiful thing in my life. It’s my prayer for you to have an opportunity to see some of the joys diabetes brings to the table. Happy Thanksgiving dear friends. I am thankful for you.