This Month, February marks a major milestone in my life.
I can't let the month end without me taking a minute to document it.
I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 25 years this month
and been cancer free for 2 years.
What a journey.
It hasn't been an easy journey and I have learned a lot.
Patience, heartache, acceptance, humility, endurance, and strength.
Not physical strength - mental and spiritual strength.
I have also been blessed with amazing people in my life who have loved me for who I am and stood by me through multiple surgeries, years when I didn't feel good (say 24 years) and loads of medical bills, grouchy days, sad days, physical therapy days.
I was talking to a friend awhile back telling her that I wish my parents were alive
(for many more reasons than this one)
so I could ask them how they taught me to live with my challenge.
How did they help me to not blame people and have a chip on my shoulder and how in the world did they help me see the positive vs. the negative. Because automatically I look for the positive in most things.
It comes naturally.
How did they teach me that and how can I teach that to my girls?
Oh how I wish I could ask them.
Having had a physical challenge for most of my life wouldn't have been something I would have wanted.
But I can say with all honesty that I am thankful for those challenges.
It's made me who I am and I like who I have become.
I have survived and I sure hope I have another 25 years to become even better!