Friday, December 19, 2008

Day 12 - {a healthy body}

100 days of gratitude tag

I don't get sick much. I am so blessed that way! Whenever I do get really sick, it helps me remember what a blessing that is! The flu I had (or whatever it was) lasted about a week, and by Thursday it was pretty much gone.

I feel such a sense of relief and gratitude to have my energy returned! Thank You, Heavenly Father!

Several experiences of the past year have made me realize that good health is truly a gift from God. So many people are afflicted with chronic pain, and face each day knowing they will hurt a lot.

Grief has taught me what that must be like. To have sleep be the only relief sometimes, and often sleep is hard to come by!


I had one brush with the reality of physical afflictions this past July. My heart began to skip beats more and more regularly. Soon it was at the point where I was dizzy and exhausted, lying on my bed most of the day. I went to see the cardiologist and he put me on a heart monitor for a month.

We went to Arizona for several weeks right after this, and the arrhythmia stopped! At my follow-up appointment when we got back, the doctor concluded that it was largely stress-related, and to tone things down a bit and stop drinking so much coffee. (Ha! I had to tell him I don't drink that OR tea or any caffeinated drink, for that matter.) :)

He threatened me with medication if it recurs, which for me truly is a threat if I want to have another baby soon. I am so, so grateful that the problem seems to have stopped, for the most part. I still have little blips here and there, but I think it's going to be just fine.


Race for the Cure

Another look at many people's reality came in October. Benjamin's angel-nurse Jaime, who is now one of my dearest friends, invited me to run the Race for the Cure with her. Her mom died from breast cancer when Jaime was 2, and she wanted to honor her.

It was an amazing experience to be part of this race. Jaime had a family emergency come up and had to go out of town that weekend, so I went ahead and did it in her mom's honor.

Nearly 46,000 people participated--it was one of those experiences I'll never forget.


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Watching the "Parade of Survivors" was the best part. I was in awe of those brave, strong women who had beat cancer. I met one of them (see above, the one in the middle smiling at the camera) who had been in remission, but had recently discovered it was back. She had undergone a double dose of chemo the night before the race. She's married with two children still at home.

Wow. Am I spoiled.



So I come to my last for-crying-out-loud-I-need-to-stop-taking-my-health-for-granted reminder. Ever since I had Hummer, I have been plagued with migraines that coincide with--well, you know, that monthly visit from Auntie Flo. Migraines that keep me in bed for hours and make me vomit. During a migraine I have  been known to wish for someone to just take a hammer to my head to relieve the pressure and put me out of my misery. No medication seems to even touch these babies.

But, they are ALWAYS gone after a day or two. And I get this new-lease-on-life feeling, and do just great for the next 4 weeks. I am grateful for these regular reminders that I am SO LUCKY to feel good for most of my life!



I am so, so grateful for the physical strength and well-being I have.

I have been blessed to never break a bone.

To deliver four beautiful sons.

To hike to the bottom of Grand Canyon and back up again.

To wake up pretty much every day feeling new energy.

To be able to take care of my beloved husband and family.

What an incredible blessing.


Flamingo said...[Reply to comment]

It is nice to have a great attitude about it all and to remember those who are worse off than we are. Thank you for reminding us to look at all we do have and to Thank Heavenly Father for all that we have gone through and survived it knowing we will be that much stronger when we return home to him.

Andre said...[Reply to comment]

This is a great reminder. We take so much for granted, only thinking about the what's-wrong-with-my-life part. I'm glad you're feeling better!

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful post, Michelle! I too am grateful for your health and for mine. After suffering (not pain though) with the hernia, etc. it really does make you appreciate good health. Your showing gratitude for the blessings you have are a good example to me. Thank you for sharing!

The Grand High Budge Mom said...[Reply to comment]

I'm so glad you did go ahead and post these. Your gratitude is contagious! I am filled with so much gratitude for my sweet sister's health, as well as for my own. To think of the pain that so many people endure--emotional and physical--how can I complain over the little things like lack of sleep, which I can almost always attribute back to my own weaknesses, like staying up late, etc, etc.
Thank you for this post. I love you, Michellita!

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Thank you, Michelle, for posting this! I needed it. I so often feel sorry for myself for this reason or that (mainly because I'm not perfect and I want to be...or at least as close as I can be). But, I am so blessed! And so are you! I've never had a migraine or heart problems or a broken bone or ANY problem (unless you count one bout with tonselitis in college)!

Thanks again for the reminder. You rock!

Amy Kay said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, you are so great! You are an inspiration to many people. WE love you. You inspire gratitude in me too. I can't wait to start my 100 days of gratitude in January. I want to start the year off with a full heart.
Love you,
Amy :)

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

Health is a tremendous blessing. Thank you for the reminder. I hope that you can find something to cure those awful migraines.
Have a wonderful holiday.