I know that Thanksgiving is not a universal holiday. My good friend Tracy from Canada explained this to me.
Still, it is a time to really reflect on everything that we have and all that is good.
Just part of the word in this holiday, Thanks says so much. So many of us are going through difficult times and we can easily go over to the dark side and believe that we are stuck and we are not going to get any better.
Believe me I fully understand this. Right now I am not a happy camper with the recovery from my second complete shoulder replacement. I am dealing with more problems now and the pain and discomfort has exceeded any of my previous lumbar or cervical surgeries.
But, as another friend (TTLC) stated: All Things Must Pass So, I know in a couple of months I will be feeling so much better.
Keeping that positive approach is so very important. But right now, to me what is even more important is for all of us to sit back a bit and look at the total picture.
Sure, we have medical problems. Are they the worse? There are so many others that are not nearly as fortunate as us.
I still maintain, as long as folks here can log on and contribute to these forums, we are a lot better of than many others.
Be thankful for what we have, the family and friends that are there for us. And even those without family or friends, you know that Spine-Health is always a friend.
In the past, we have had people in the monitor status, give up their holidays, to sit and monitor both the forums and chat rooms to see if there is anyone that needs some help.
Put on a smile and be so very thankful for all of those around you who are helping you through some rough times.
Happy Thanks(omitting the giving) so that it can apply to everyone on this site.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences