As we are welcoming 2008, we need to look back on the passed year and remember to count our blessings. We all have trials we have to overcome, whether they are financial, health, relationship or work issues. If you are reading this, it’s probably allergies or asthma that causes problems for you. However, we all have blessings in our lives that we need to remember and focus on.
Yes, it is hard to live with allergies and/or asthma. Whether it is yourself who suffers or your child (or children) or spouse or someone else important to you, it can be very difficult. You need to always make sure your inhaler and epipen are with you. Medication must be in date. You need to check labels and inform servers at restaurants, you need to call ahead to airlines and double check with friends. You need to write letters and talk to teachers and coaches. You need to probably visit the doctor more and there are things you’re child (or you) wishes he could have, like chocolate or a dog, and maybe never will. You need to advocate, spread awareness and hope everything you are teaching will carry over and stick into adulthood. Yes, it’s challenging.
However, there are so many things I know you have in your life that you can be thankful for. You can be thankful for medical technology and inhalers, Epipens and allergy medicine. You can be thankful for allergy shots and NAET. You can be thankful for knowledgeable medical practitioners and organizations that help you and your family. You can be thankful for diagnosis and the knowledge that comes with it and for teachers, coaches, and friends who are willing to accommodate and be on your side. You can be thankful for new ways of food labeling and the awareness spreading of allergies and asthma. Think if 2007 was years or decades ago, what would it be like?
I’m pretty sure you also have some nonallergy, nonasthma related things in your life to be grateful for, and only you know what those things are. I am grateful for my children, my husband, my family and friends. I’m happy about the opportunity to spread knowledge and awareness about something that affects so many. Look back on 2007 and remember it for the good things, the advancements, the things you have and I’m sure it’s not the bad or the difficulties that will stand out.
- Heather Legg