I really do have much to be thankful for. God has blessed me with an amazing family. Statistics show that more women with a chronic illness will be left by their partner than men will. Rudy tells me that the thought of leaving me never occurs to him. It is a rare thing these days to have a man of honor in one’s life and it’s not something that I take for granted. Between Rudy and I we have 5 children that never cease to amaze me, and watching them grow to see the young men and women they’ve become has truly been a privilege.
I also have a few very close friends that I can count on for anything, in fact in some weird way I could say I’m grateful for the chronic illnesses. My life has challenged me and forced me to step outside of my comfort zone. I’ve learned who my friends are and perhaps just as importantly who my family isn’t. More on that at another time. As much as I miss her, I’m so thankful for having Michelle in my life for the short time that I did. It’s all these threads that have woven themselves into the tapestry of my life.