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An Appreciation - Pahavit's Universe

pahavit
Date: 4-23-2015 12:18 AM
Subject: An Appreciation
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An Appreciation


I appreciate the people in my life who have assured me they know how hard I am trying to be as well as possible, and who have stood by me as my health has gotten worse instead of better.

I appreciate the people in my life who have checked in with me just to email a Hello when they haven't heard from me in a while to let me know they are thinking of me, and who don't resent me for not replying promptly, because I am too sick to respond.

I appreciate the people in my life who have validated how strong I've been in the face of a constant fight against my increasingly ill body.

I appreciate the people in my life who have understood I'm not a saint and have my limits as to what I can endure, and who have accepted my weakness without placing unrealistic expectations on me.

I appreciate the people in my life who have let me vent when I've needed to, without editorializing or expressing any kind of judgment whatsoever.

I appreciate the people in my life who have had the guts to say they couldn't really understand what it is like to have a chronic illness but they cared about me anyway and wanted to be there for me in any way possible.

I appreciate the people in my life who have refrained from comparing my experience to those who have other kinds of medical conditions, and who have honored my suffering without trying to minimize or downplay it.

I appreciate the people in my life who have not made their acceptance of me conditional upon my being healthy again, and who do not regard my inability to get well as a disappointment.

I appreciate the people in my life who stood in the darkness with me even though they were scared, because they knew that no matter how scary it was for them, it was even scarier for me, and it was important to them that I not stand alone.


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