Happy Healthy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a day that can strike fear in the heart of anyone who is trying to lose weight and/or be healthy.  For me, it’s a day for me to renew my vows to myself to be a healthier person.  You see, my mom passed away on Thanksgiving day five years ago.  She didn’t take care of herself the way she should, refusing to go to a doctor for anything. 

A week and a day before Thanksgiving that year she was disoriented and started throwing up.  My step-dad called for an ambulance.  She’d had a stroke and as it turned out, she’d had two or three smaller ones in the past that had never been detected.  She was recovering, but several days later the stroke continued.  She was taken off of life support and passed while I was with her saying my goodbyes.

Thanksgiving is an especially hard reminder for me, not only because I lost my mom that day, but also because I was pregnant with my first child when she died.  Every year I’m reminded of the importance of health, not for one’s self, but for one’s family.  My mother never got to meet her grandchildren, and they will never experience what a wonderful, giving woman she was. 

If you’re fortunate enought to be able to spend Thanksgiving with your family and/or friends, cherish today.  Cherish what makes this gathering unique from all the other gatherings taking place today.  Let people know that you are thankful they are part of your life, and to be part of theirs. 

Most of all, have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

❤ Shannon


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melissa
    Nov 25, 2010 @ 15:54:09

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I understand how it feels to celebrate holidays without family. My father passed away on Mother’s day. Hugs to you and yours.


    • Shannon
      Nov 27, 2010 @ 01:53:52

      Thank you for your thoughts, and I’m sorry for your loss as well. I usually spend the morning crying and missing my mom. Then I spend the rest of the day appreciating the family and friends still here with me.


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