Above everything else, I’m thankful for health. Not just my health, but for the health of my family, my friends and my patients.
It’s been a big year of medical issues in my family; my mom had colon cancer and breast cancer, along with a few other maladies. It’s been a year of realizing what matters in life: love, family, caring. Thankfully, my family has come out of this stronger, healthier and with a new lease on life.
I am thankful for the chance to realize that my health is mine, and I am the only one who can control it.Â This year, I learned that until I start living a healthy life myself, I can’t have half the impact on my family, friends and patients as I can when I am in control of my wellness.
On the flip side, I am thankful for the health of my patients, and for my ability to help them achieve a high level of health every day. Not many people can say that about their jobs.
I’m thankful for doctors, nurses and medical staff. For the technological advancements we’ve made that make the impossible possible, such as cancer and cystic fibrosis treatments. I’m thankful for the ability to walk 39.3 miles to help end breast cancer, and thankful that I only got one cold this year.
I can make a difference in my health and in the lives of my patients, and for that, I am thankful.