Whether I'm getting a helping hand from a neighbor, taking pills to ease the symptoms of my condition, accepting an arm of support from a mother, or receiving a grace period from a meter maid, I believe, all the little acts make each day bearable, brighter, and better than the day before; these are my miracles.
Stop making light of the gluten-free diet. Are there people out there following a gluten-free diet for its perceived health benefits? Absolutely. Is it tempting to make fun of cultural fads? Certainly. Would we make fun of people with diabetes for needing to monitor their diets and use insulin? No. People with celiac disease don't have a choice.
We are the ones suffering the most from people making light of our struggles. We are the ones being treated like addicts while our bodies attack us. We are the ones suffering. Would you say that someone living with cancer was drug seeking and looking for opiates to get high, not for pain relief? Why would that be okay to someone living with chronic pain?
I could go on because my list of faults is many but they're within my power to fix. If I'm successful at making sure I'm a better person on the inside, who I really am will radiate on the outside, and erase any concerns I have about superficial flaws like weight or appearance. And, these changes will ensure 2016 and every year after is a happy new year.
Upon hearing the word 'chemotherapy,' most people jump to the same conclusions, with the same general consensus on how chemo works, who receives it and what side effects it has on the body. The truth is chemotherapy isn't only for cancer patients, and affects each patient differently depending on how it is used.
More importantly, I've learned that despite all of my obstacles I'm still better off than so many in the world. I have job, I have family, I have a home, I have a man who loves me in the worst of times and I have faith; those things have and will continue to allow me to see why I must give thanks every day.