It's no secret that my medical history is extensive. My doctors like to show me my chart when I walk into a room, because it is two inches thick and full of test results, surgery summaries, and random diagnosis. Usually they say something along the lines of, "I didn't have time to look through all of this, could you please sum it up."
I run the stats, (UC, PE, asthma, etc.) they ask the typical questions, and we laugh at my defective body.
Most days I am healthy. Although there was a time when my health or lack thereof was a common thought. Now it's not uncommon for me to go months without questioning the state of my body. I take it for granted.
Today, I am not taking it for granted.
I would like to say it's because I am so thankful God has given me the blessing of a new day, that I am alive and well, that I am strong and capable. No, that's not why I am not taking it for granted.
Don't get me wrong - all that's true, but today I am not taking it for granted because my asthma is flaring and all I want to do is stay home and breathe.
Why do I have to have the reminders that my body is not always pain-free to thank God for the days that are? I take this beautiful gift of a mostly healthy body and mind for granted.
So today, I may not feel one hundred percent, but I want to take time to thank God that I have two legs that are strong and capable, arms I can hug with, fingers I can type, a mind capable of complex thoughts, a heart that beats strong, skin that protects, and all internal organs that keep me alive. I also want to thank God for my lungs - yes my lungs. Although today they aren't working as well as I like, but they are working as a reminder that I need to give God credit, where credit is due. Thank you God for my entire capable, mostly healthy body.
After six years of infertility, she was blessed with the adoption of her oldest daughter who now is a teenager. Six years later, she finally became a mother a second time, this time with a baby through a donated egg and ivf. Throughout that time, she fostered nine babies and toddlers, met wonderful women who helped her grow, and learned to rely on Jesus. She started this blog with the hope that she could share her joy, experience, and willingness to grow with others, whether they battle infertility, toddlers, or teens.