It has been a difficult year for me, with no hint of what was to come when it began. From the loss of my lifemate, to the recent discovery that my inability to walk is perhaps not fixable after all, and financial impacts from all of this, it could be a time of great depression. But I don’t feel that way.
Thankfully, for instance, the nerve disease focuses on the peripheral nerves and not the central nervous system as so many do. So, I still have my brain intact and functioning, and that’s the part that is really me. And my remaining eye works well, and my hands (at least for now) can still type, if slowly, so I can interact with the world much more readily than would be the case had I lost vision and typing ability. The pain is not severe, and is sporadic — and I know many, including friends on this forum, who deal with constant, debilitating pain. So there is yet another aspect for me to be thankful for.
Because my mind remains intact, I was able to research and determine what I was actually suffering from, and a treatment plan and regimen is finally being devised. Had I been forced to leave this to the current medical system in the US, I would have lost much more functionality before treatments were even started, if ever. (They thought I had Guillain-Barré syndrome, which usually recovers without treatment.)
But beyond all of this physical business, I am thankful for three decades with my Lady Anne, an extraordinary person who made my life so much richer and more fulfilling than I had any reason to think possible. That time has ended, but the benefits, and the memory of it, cannot be taken from me.
And there are family members and friends, including friends on this forum, that enrich my life daily and in some cases provide material support that I am unable to do for myself now. Thank you all! Your kind thoughts bolster me through the occasional difficult moments.
Just last week, my son installed the hand controls I’d gotten for the car — and they work! I can drive again! This is a freedom and flexibility that I took too much for granted, and it is one more part of my life to be thankful for. And I am able to contribute, providing support of Doc Rat and Endtown and other webcomics, as well as my work writing research and other grant requests.
All in all, I am optimistic and determined to make the best of things. I have had an extraordinarily fortunate life so far, gaining the friendship of many including my friends here.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle