Week 8

This week is about expressing gratitude to three people.

I would like to express gratitude to my little brother Matthew. Even though he isn’t little anymore, I will always be protective of him. He is the best guy there is, any girl would be lucky to end up with him. He treats me and our Mom great, he is intelligent, hard working, reliable, hilarious, genuine, compassionate and just an all around perfect brother! He is one of the most kindhearted people I know and would do anything for his friends and family. He has been a great shoulder to cry on and is a wonderful listener. I will cherish our memories forever and I often think about when we were little and how much of a pain he was haha! Although we used to bicker back and forth, I will have his back to matter what. We have been there for each other through thick and thin, and he is someone I can always count on. I am grateful to have him in my life and if I could choose who my family was, he would be the first one on the list.

The second person I want to express gratitude is my friend Megan. She and I have been best friends for as long as I can remember. Through the awkward puberty years, moving from house to house, marriages and children…this woman has been my rock. Without her, I doubt I would be who I am today. She has been a friend, a sister, a mother, a teacher, a therapist and the tough love giver. She is an amazing person and I would have been a lost cause without her in my life. For the past couple years we’ve drifted a little…and that comes with age, but I am making a promise to get back in the swing of where we were! You are “my person” and I know I’m yours. I don’t even think of you as a friend, I think of you as a sister. I am grateful for your friendship and the time I have spent with you throughout my life. Your children are so lucky to have you as a mom and I want to always be in their lives. I am grateful to you for teaching me about what matters and what doesn’t and always being there for me. I love you Megan and I want you to know, I am, have always been and will always be grateful for you.

Last but not least, I am grateful to Dr. Steve Smith at Holzer Hospital in Pomeroy, Ohio. I know this is a person who being grateful for is super random…but I truly think he saved my life. For years I had some medical issues and from the age of about 12-13 to about 23 or so…I saw more than 15 doctors who couldn’t figure out my issues, passed me along, wrote off my symptoms and pushed pills on me, or just didn’t have a clue how to even help me. Not the case with Dr Smith. He took his time and researched my symptoms, researched all of the years of test results and got me in touch with people who could help. When he helped discover I had Turner’s Syndrome, I felt alive again. No more wondering, no more “crying wolf” as people probably thought I was doing…the search was over. I got to take control of my life and I will forever be grateful to a doctor that deserves more than just a “thank you” on a blog.

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