Living with a long-term illness is not easy. There are new limitations to be learned, new hindrances to face, new fears and worries to overcome. There are challenges to deal with every single day, every month, every year. For some, there is no hope of improvement. For some, that hope is for a distant day, so far-off it seems nonexistent. The struggle for joy and contentment is painfully real, as is the never-ending battle of trusting God and casting every care on Him.
But there are things to be thankful for, even in the midst of chronic illness. There have been so many advances in medicine within the last fifty years… in fact, fifty years ago, a diagnosis like mine of Wegener’s Granulomatosis would have been a death sentence. It would have been fatal within a few weeks or months, because doctors just didn’t know how to treat it adequately. But now it’s not! Today, although Wegener’s carries some horrible symptoms and requires serious medication, it rarely shortens a normal lifespan. Maybe it’s still not curable, but it’s treatable, and that often makes the difference between merely “existing” and “living.”
And in addition to medical advances, we have so much to be grateful for in the USA. We have access to some amazing resources. We have insurance that covers doctor’s visits, hospital stays, medications, and other necessary tests and procedures. We have seminars for doctors, so they can constantly learn and advance their knowledge along with the advances in medical research. We have an ever-increasing number of homeopathic remedies, that are safer and sometimes more effective than toxic medications and their insane side effects.
This is something I deal with every single day – monthly doctor’s visits and blood tests, taking 20+ pills a day, low and inconsistent energy, weakened immune system, the breathing problems. But through it all, God gives grace, and He gives things to be thankful for. I am thankful I didn’t live 50 years ago, when there was no good treatment for Wegener’s. I am thankful I live in this country, where I have access to good doctors when I need them. I am thankful for all the hassle and paperwork of medical insurance, because it lets me get the care and medicine I need, when I need it.
71. Availability of good medical care in the US
72. Advancements in medical research
73. Doctors who listen and welcome questions
74. Doctors who are willing to learn something new
75. Competent lab techs
76. Medical insurance, so it’s not all out-of-pocket
77. Prescription insurance, so I can afford necessary medications
78. Treatments widely available for most illnesses
79. Local pharmacies with personalized service
80. Safe and effective homeopathic remedies