When you travel life with a sidekick like ‘Lenny’ who at any time can flare up and remind you of the true depth of your incurable disease of COPD you many days find it difficult to say thank you for anything more than a few minutes of good breathing.
I once again share where I am at and maybe how myself and ‘Lenny’ may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.
Today is ‘Thanksgiving’ here in the United States and while many now use it to buy those great deals of more stuff that most of us do not really need – it is truly a day that we should be saying thank you for what we have.
Bouncing around on facebook is a great line that says something to the effect that ‘Black Friday is an American special where so many fight tooth and nail over things they really do not need just one day after spending time celebrating and saying thanks for all the things they do have’. What an observation that is.
This year my Thanksgiving has a special meaning as the date which it falls on is also the 3-year anniversary of my life, my chance to live again, my survival of a massive heart attack in which my life did go silent for a few minutes in time.
So this year I have not only an opportunity to be thankful but an opportunity to celebrate.
So as I celebrate my life I know it can not be done without also saying thanks to and for so many.
Thankful for my wife who has stood by me literally through thick and thin, sickness and health while all the while giving me encouragement and that reminder that we still have 40+ years of life together to travel.
Thankful for my doctors – my regular physician, my pulmonologist, my cardiologist and the staff that supports them – they all have guided me, been stern with me, been pleased with me and most of all have been absolutely focused on making my life with COPD/Asthma as good as possible.
Thankful for my kids, all five of them plus spouses, for most of the time they remember to check on me when they can, plan time together with memories to last forever and to also make me feel like – I did okay.
Thankful for my grandkids, which numbers 10 plus one due to arrive in June. These very special gifts of life make me feel loved, make me feel accepted even when ‘Gramps’ acts goofy and most of all are quick to remind me if ‘Gramps’ is doing or eating something he should not be doing.
Thankful for ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma), for ‘Lenny’ has taught me to live every day one day at a time and somedays one breath at a time. ‘Lenny’ has given me a reason to look at the positive, throw out the negative, to love not hate, to trust not distrust, to keep my smiles from turning to frowns and to always have that one thought that works at nothing but to keep me breathing one breath at a time.
My thankfuls could go on and on and on, but the time is getting late and the morning will come early with busy things to get done and celebrating to celebrate.
While today here in the boundaries which I live it is called ‘Thanksgiving’, I know that the thankfulness of thanksgiving should be part of our daily routine each and every day of life itself.
Now let us all remember that November is ‘COPD AWARENESS MONTH’ – so take time today to share your story, to educate others and to be grateful for all you do have.
‘Lenny’ and I once again make a vow to continue to share our story of life with COPD/Asthma while also sharing those things we learn about the conditions with the hope that at least each time we share – a minimum of one person gets it, understands it and passes it on.
And that my friends is where “‘Lenny’ & Me are 4 today”.
*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN *** An all-star in sharing her continued fight with her own COPD battle.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.
I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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