“There is always something to be thankful for….”
I have this sign hanging in our Coronado home. It was given to me by one of my Navy Mom friends. I treasure it. It’s true, there is always something to be thankful for. There have been days where I’ve been buried in fear and worry about my future, but I eventually see all of the blessings in my life and I am thankful.
This month I was diagnosed with hypogammaglobulinemia which is an immune deficiency disease associated with common variable immunodeficiency. My doctors think that I’ve always had this. It causes frequent infections which I’ve had all my life. The treatment for it is monthly blood transfusions. Yes, I’m afraid and as if two cancer diagnoses, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disk disease wasn’t enough? I could be in denial but I’m seeking an opinion from Mayo Clinic. I have good news; my endoscopy procedure and biopsies were all negative!
I also entered an early detection program at Honor Health this week so that they can watch me for any breast cancer reoccurrence and pancreatic cancer which I have a genetic mutation causing me to be high risk. I’ll undergo an abdominal and breast MRI next week.
Glenn, Colton, Michelle, (Lauren, Michelle’s twin) and I are all on our way to Chicago to see Connor and Hannah. We will drive to Rockford where my sister Amy is hosting 30 of us for Thanksgiving.
My mother, two sisters, brother and all their children will be together. We’ll be missing our Texans and Aussies but this will be one for the books.
December will be busy as we are unveiling our new Valley Sleep Therapy site next to our Valley Sleep Center building in Mesa. We have a phenomenal team and we will be moving in next week.
I’m thankful that I’ve been given so many days that I never thought I’d see. I’m thankful that I’m healthy enough to travel so that I can celebrate with my family.
I wish you joy and peace this Thanksgiving,