A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude 2013 - Purple Present

  • I am a chronic Migraine patient, but I also have several comorbid conditions that complicate my treatment, including an autoimmune disease called lupus. These two conditions hit me almost simultaneously early in my life, and have challenged me in many ways. They have also given me many gifts, including the incredibly strong, lovely and brilliant warriors who have become a part of my life from the communities I'm active in.


    One day I met someone with lupus who grew up mere blocks from my childhood home in Oregon. Today we live thousands of miles apart. As kids, we attended the same school and knew some of the same people, yet until 35 years later, we had never met.

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    Illness brought us together, and although I don't talk to her online as much as I'd like, Melanie has made me a braver person. One of the ways she did this was with an unexpected package last Christmas.


    The box contained many beautiful, purple things I love! Purple is the awareness color for both Migraine and Headache disorders as well as our dreaded lupus. So what a wonderfully appropriate gift to find in my special box when I pulled out a purple journal.


    I began writing in my new journal frequently. Some entries are stories, and others are a single word. I have never been good at doing something like this daily, so I let myself off the hook and make an entry every day I'm able.


    I've kept gratitude journals before because it's an amazing thing to go back a week, month or even a year later and see what things made you happy on an unexpected day in the past. Because this journal came from Melanie, it has been somehow even more special. Just looking at it reminds me how blessed I am to have her and so many other patients in my life.


    So on day #1 of this 30 Days of Gratitude, I am thankful for thousands of things... I'm thankful for my journal, which inspired this new series of posts, and thankful for Melanie who gave it to me a year ago. I am also so very thankful for everyone who will read this. For every new friend I have found through health centered social media and my activities as a patient advocate. For the hope and strength I find in myself when I think of them and how together we have woven ourselves into a community so strong that it has become a net that catches us when we become weak and fall.


    I encourage you all today to begin a gratitude journal of your own. On paper or online as a Sharepost, it can give strength and hope when you least expect it.


    For a listing of all of our 30 Days of Gratitude posts, see A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude - Introduction.


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    © Ellen Schnakenberg, 2013.
    Last updated November 3, 2013.

Published On: November 04, 2013