I've tried to have a good attitude in this past year, but the truth is I have often spent my time complaining about the bad things. Moaning about how unfair it is to have a disease like Celiac. I should know better. I've had the unbelievable pleasure of traveling & living all over the world. The choices I have in facing this illness are a luxury compared to the choices that more than half the world would have. I want to take some time on this day of thanks to really focus on the things I should have spent this whole year being grateful for . . . I want to take the time to be in awe of a God that would give me things I've done nothing to deserve.
1) I am deeply thankful for a diagnosis. I am no longer desperately trying to understand what is happening to my body. I am not living in fear of an unnamed enemy. That moment in February ended over ten years of confusion and increasing desperation.
2) I am grateful for holistic healing. I am so lucky to have electricity and access to the internet. These tools are basically the key that unlocked the secret to my healing. In a very short period of time I was able to discover AIPaleo, learn about how my whole system was effected by & needed to recover from Celiac disease, & find other people & doctors that could help me achieve that healing.
3) I am thankful for support. My husband & daughter have been through the ringer with me in battling autoimmunity & their steadfast devotion knocks my socks off. Even more, they went on to adopt a totally new way of eating in support of me. My extended family has also been incredible. They have done everything from give me a place to stay to lend me an ear when I was down in the dumps. And then there are all my friends . . . they have listened, offered help, & cheered me on.
4) I am grateful to be facing autoimmunity in a developed country. Despite all its shortcomings, having a medical system at all is an unimaginable blessing. Even more than that, I am grateful that I actually have the choice to eliminate some foods from my diet in order to manage my illness. I know women in developing countries that only eat squash every day for weeks on end. They aren't doing it to control illness. As sad as I have been at times to give up so many of the foods I love, it is a luxury on the highest order that I have this choice.
5) I am thankful for the foods I can still eat. I can eat lots of delicious veggies, yummy fish & meats, & sweet fruits. I can occasionally have a glass of wine and sometimes a few bites of dark delightful chocolate. I am even more thankful for all the new foods I enjoy because of AIPaleo. Grass-fed beef is spectacular. I eat coconut oil on everything. Spaghetti squash is one of my new faves.
I'm blessed. I didn't do anything for God to have given me all this. I don't deserve it, but it is with heartfelt gratitude that I say, "Thanks."