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Disabled Diva: So Much to Be Thankful For

what i'm thankful for this thanksgiving

I have so many blessings in my life. Through the year, I forget to stop and  give thanks for how fortunate I am.  Thanksgiving is almost here, so I want to take this opportunity to take a minute to count my blessings. 

I am thankful to God.  I believe each day is a gift from Him.

I am thankful that I'm still living in the house I grew up in and have caregivers to assist me.  Living in the house has made it easier for me to cope with the loss of my mother.  I'm thankful for my family.  They support me, even when they don't agree with my choices.  Without the assistance of my brother, Bob, I know things would be a lot more difficult for me.  I  am thankful for my Maltese, Lucie.  As I said in a previous post, she is truly a doggie diva, but I wouldn't trade her for anything.

I am thankful for my neighbors.  They watch out for Lucie and me and help us whenever they can.

I am thankful that I have an accessible van.  I don't have to depend on public transportation the way the majority of disabled people do.  I know how lucky am.  I never take my van, and the freedom it gives me, for granted.

i am thankful for the time I spent at the independent living center.  While the job may not have worked out, it was still a learning experience.  I learned that every job doesn't always run the same way.  Jobs, like people, are different and you have to be able to adapt and go with the flow.  I am thankful for my volunteer job at my library.  I get to be around books and work with great people.  What more could l ask for?

I am thankful for Facebook.  Social media has allowed me to reconnect with friends, make new friends, join writer's groups and share information. (Oh yeah, the games are a lot of fun too.)

And finally, I am thankful  for anyone who reads this blog.  It makes feel good to know that you take time out of your day to read my blog. That you think what I have to say is worth reading.  I appreciate your comments.  I don't pretend to know everything and I think we can learn from each other.

Whether you're counting the number of touchdowns your team scores in the game this Thanksgiving, or counting how many pieces of pumpkin pie you've had, don't forget to count your blessings too.

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