You probably already know that here in the States, today is Thanksgiving. It's a holiday where we eat turkey and give thanks. It's got a pretty dark history, but now the holiday largely consists of gorging ourselves on tasty food, making inappropriate and offensive comments to our relatives, and for some, then going out to ruin the lives of retail workers by shopping on Black Friday--and more recently, on Thanksgiving night itself.
On this Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for all the guests and listeners who have helped to make the In Sickness + In Health podcast a reality. I worked really hard to make it happen, and it's been so wonderful to finally share it with the world. It is creatively, intellectually, and emotionally the most fulfilling thing I've ever done.
The holidays are actually a great time to get a better picture of your family's health history. If you can, talking to your family about health is important. It can shine a big light on your own symptoms and health history. You can use this tool to help you document these conversations. There are many other similar forms and tools available.
The holidays can also be a really tough time for a lot of people. Especially when you have a body that works differently than the people around you. There will be insensitive comments about what you cannot/can eat, about your life choices, about your body and your health. Sometimes families are a bunch of jerks, so don’t waste spoons on people who cannot and will not at least try understand you.
I hope the In Sickness + In Health podcast can offer you a respite when everyone around you just doesn’t get it. I am so grateful for those who have share their stories with me, and the listeners who tell me how much it means to them.