On May 19th 2017…I’m driving to the clinic for my infusion. My sunroof is open, and some windows are down. My music is loud with the sun on my face. I feel free… I feel alive… My thoughts travel to the happy place of my life and I realize in that moment… I have much to be thankful for.
I may have RA and Lupus but I am alive.
I may have to receive medication through intravenous every 4 weeks but I am breathing on my own.
I may be in pain 85% of the time but I am still walking with no assistance.
I may have to self-inject medication weekly but my medication is fully covered by benefits.
I have a fullfilling career that I still enjoy and continue to work full days.
I have an amazing husband who is my best friend… always.
I have a sweet little girl who will continue to contribute to this world in a positive manner.
I still have a living parent who is full of life and laughter.
I still travel to my “bucket list” destinations and create memories.
I am still living life to the fullest.
Today…May 24th 2017 we buried a dear friend’s father. One minute he was being treated for cancer and the next, the cancer took his life within two weeks’ time. He was almost 80 years old. In all of the moments that I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with him, learning from his knowledge, and from his life history…I learned that life will not stop for no one. It will not stop for disease, it will not stop for conflict, and it will not stop for any burden or misery. Life will continue with or without you. So his philosophy, right up until his death was honour the life you have been given. He lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed his family and he did his best to love life.
We may have our trials and tribulations that can bring us down but we have been given life for a purpose. That purpose and the meaning are for you to define. Your life is in your own hands. You are responsible for YOUR life. I will honour myself and honour what I have learned from this wise man…you only have one life so why not try to fall in love with it a hundred times over…