Thursday, November 27, 2008

This Thanksgiving, I'm Grateful For ...

I'm grateful for ... the fact that I was finally blessed with motherhood. The journey hasn't necessarily been easy, but it has 100% been worth it. I can't describe the amount of joy that I get from raising my daughter.

I'm grateful for my supportive husband. If it wasn't for my husband I would not be alive. And I mean that in the sense that he actually has saved my life at least twice. I sometimes worry that living with me must sometimes feel like a huge burden, but he always assures me that I'm worth it. And that every marriage comes with struggles. Our struggles always seem to stem around my bipolar disorder.

I'm grateful for modern medicine and science. If I was alive in a different century ago, I probably would have been locked up in a mental institution. Not so today. I live a productive, successful life and medication helps me live that life.

I'm grateful for having a good doctor who I trust. Having a psychiatrist who trully looks out for your best interest isn't always easy to find. My doctor went above and beyond when I told him I wanted to start a family. He even consulted with a few experts at managing medications during pregnancy ... he doesn't just look things up in one book ... he goes the extra mile. If anyone reading this lives in South Florida - I have a great doctor to recommend in Boca Raton. I like him so much that I drive from Naples for my appointments (it's about a two hour drive).

I'm grateful for my physical health. I am strong like bull and healthy as a horse.

I hope that next year I can say that I am grateful for mood stability. I know I will get back on track where I'm not switching between depression and hypomania - I just don't know how long it will take.

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