1. Ds1 because he's had the strength and maturity to fight his own MI and his paternal family to follow his dreams. Mature beyond his age.
2. DS1 because he is still innocent and makes me see the world in his own light.
3. DH because, to spite all the problems, he continues on learning how to live differently.
4. Ms. Biscan, my junior and sr yr high school honors English teacher who taught me how to write and analyze books and life. She also kept me going through college with personal letters of encouragement.
5. A co-patient in a crisis unit who made me realize at the time that living was worth fighting for in recovery. She also had a macular (sp) disease that would cause horrible pain and a rapid decrease in her vision until she was blind. I've thought of her often recently because of my own declining vision problems.
6. My 3 best friends who ALWAYS support and encourage me to spite their own battles.
7. My cousin by previous marriage, who battled through addiction, had a special needs child, and is now going through basically the same medical issues with me. Without her understanding and mutual support, I'm not sure that either of us would remain stable to continue (also has BP) the seemingly never ending medical tests without definitive results.
Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ~Emily Dickinson
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