Being thankful and grateful can be difficult, especially when you are dealing with profound loss. It’s often easier to live in the land of what could have been—I wish my grandson had lived, I wish I could have borne children, I wish I didn’t have congenital heart disease, I wish my husband wasn’t handicapped…
However, in this time of giving thanks, I try to pause and consider that I am truly blessed and have much for which to be thankful.
I am thankful that my husband and I were able to adopt two beautiful children when they were infants and that they become loving, caring adults.
I am thankful that my son and daughter-in-law live close to us. We were there to be present and support them when they lost Liam.
I am thankful for modern medicine and the surgical team that undertook my complex open-heart surgery almost five years ago.
I am thankful for my husband of almost 35 years. It wasn’t always easy, but we’re still together.
I am thankful for my granddaughter. She brings such joy and laughter to our lives.
I am thankful I have a roof over my head and food to eat.
I am thankful I can still be physically active. I may be slow, but I go!
Finally, I am thankful for organizations such as Through The Heart, which provide comfort and support for those grieving the loss of a child.