52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 39

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

This week my son, Andrew, will turn 41.  Andrew has lived in a health care facility for the better part of the last 15 years.  He is a quadriplegic and has a major brain injury that causes him to be unable to communicate his needs or desires.

For the last 15 years Dom and I have visited Andrew weekly bringing him a nonnutrious lunch filled with all the junk food you do not get a health care facility.

When I went to see Andrew on Saturday I found him unable to eat or drink and mostly unresponsive to stimulus.  This week is always difficult for our family because his birthday.  To find Andrew in such condition, I am afraid, pushed me over the edge to grief and tears.

I am thankful for the loving health care workers who recognized my pain and did everything in their power to try to alleviate it.  I am thankful for their concern and care for not only Andrew but our family.

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.”  Lewis Carroll

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

PLEASE ADD YOUR POST AND TOGETHER WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

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About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

20 Responses

  1. Any words that I could think to offer sound so hollow. I’m amazed at your capacity for vulnerability and to be able to express gratitude from such a terrible situation. Praying for you all. ❤

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  2. It must be and have been so difficult for you and your family and of course your son. To see one who we love be in distress, is one of the most emotional times we can have. May you find ‘that peace that passes all understanding’ … Diane ❤

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  3. Oh Bernadette, this is heart-wrenching, I am so sorry you weren’t able to properly celebrate Andrew’s birthday as you had wished. I wish I could give you a hug and some extra strength. I send you my love and thoughts. 💜🌷

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  4. I don’t want to sound down but I can imagine your hurt over Andrew. I am glad that Andrew and your family has the kind support of the health care workers. Some days it’s hard but with love, we stand stronger. Be well and best wishes to your family.

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  5. Bernadette I’m sorry to hear of your son not being well. I can only imagine how you feel. As mothers we always want to help our children, sometimes we can only be there. Andrew is very blessed he was not alone on his birthday. A virtual hug to you.

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