It’s Thanksgiving What Are You Thankful For?

Well Thanksgiving is only a few days away and I don’t know about you but I’m getting ready to eat my body weight in turkey!! Oh ya did I forget to mention that I’m also going to do the same with the stuffing, mashed potatoes, and of course my favorite pumpkin pie!! I haven’t really thought about how I’ll work it off, but I’ll worry about all that later. Worrying only makes our pain worse doesn’t it, so I guess I won’t worry about it then. My pain has been all over the map lately so it’s really hard to predict one day from the next. I can only hope that things settle a bit over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Over the holiday we’ll go out to our cottage and visit family, clear up all the fall leaves that are dropping, and finally close down the cottage until spring. It’s always fun when all the family is together and I’m very thankful that I have all the extended family that I do. As I was thinking about being surrounded by the great family that I have, I started to think about all the great people that surround me as I go through this season in my life. As suffers of CRPS know, it can be easy to forget about all the things that surround us that we truly need to be thankful for. In my case I have really good people in the health care system that surround me who are trying to make a difference and truly want to see me get healthy again.

When I look back at all the help I’ve been given so far, I need to be really thankful for the level of care that I’m getting and everything they do for me. There are so many things that they do that make the difference in my treatment. It’s also all the small things that they do like changing schedules to accommodate, or even opening their door when we need someone to talk to. They really do understand what I go through on a daily basis and if I wasn’t surrounded by such amazing people it would be a much harder fight. They have a vested interest in this fight, and that’s to see me get better. They also keep me focused and motivated to keep fighting.

What they are doing is more than just their job. They are always looking for that one thing that will help you. If you think about it they don’t have an easy job dealing with us. Each case of CRPS is a little bit different, and you need to treat each person a little different. I’m just thankful that there are people that are trying to help me, and to those people I just want to say thanks for all that you do. If it wasn’t for everything that you do for me on a daily basis, my symptoms would probably be worse than they are. People need to understand that those professionals are learning along with us, so it’s important to work together so that we learn from each other.

The level of support that I get would be really hard to find anywhere else. That in itself is worth its weight in gold. As many of you know just getting somebody to care can be hard. I can’t begin to say enough about the people that provide for my health care right from Dr.’s to the therapists. It’s Thanksgiving! Take some time to reflect on what you are thankful for!!

About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I'm married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family! In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn't fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it! As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.
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