Giving Many Thanks

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It was around this time last year that I had my unexpected hospital stay overnight. I can't believe that it has been that long already!!! I have spent that time reflecting and truly appreciating all that I have to be thankful for. I am thankful to the nurse at the Red Cross who caught my irregular heartbeat in October of last year, when I was getting ready to donate blood. Her finding that problem, necessitated an echocardiogram, which in turn, led me to get a heart catheterization, which showed I have the heart condition, non-ischemic cardiomyopathy!! Yikes, I really don't like to think what would have happened to me, had that not been caught. Especially, since the cardiologist told me the worse case scenario for my condition is a heart transplant :( I'm so very thankful that my four medicines I take are keeping my heart going strong! My husband told me recently that the whole experience of having me in the hospital was very "scary" to him. For a guy who doesn't share his feelings too often, I guess it kind of shook him up. I'm thankful for my family, extended family, friends who are like family, old friends, new friends and everyone else that supports and cares so much for our family. I can't remember where I heard this, but it's one of my favorite sayings – "be thankful for what you have, not for what you don't have." I have an appointment to donate blood almost one year exactly to the day that I was in the hospital last year. It seems fitting that I do that. I take the glass half-full, versus the glass half-empty approach! It’s the only way to be :)

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