An Unusual Thanksgiving

This year is going to be a bit different. My baby sister has recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease and unfortunately she has had a major episode this week and is in the hospital to try and nip it in the butt. My dad is up in Lansing with her so my usual partners in crime for the Turkey Trot are out of commission. My legs are stir crazy so I will probably get a short run in around the hood. We'll go to my aunts like usual but KT and dad won't be there. Then later we will drive up to Lansing to see them and take dad some food. Moms upset because she couldn't go yesterday due to prior commitments and she would rather be there. I was all excited to try out a cute Pumkin Pie recipe where you put crust leaves on top but she was so stir crazy she did most the work for me. Everyone is just a little on edge worrying about KT.

I guess the point of sharing all this is to state that this whole year I have been very thankful for my health and my body. This has been a trend at my weekly yoga sessions and throughout the year. I am just so grateful that my body allows me to pursue the things I love most. I need to remember not to take my health for granted. My sister has spent the last year trying to figure out what is wrong with her stomach. I am glad they finally know but scared at the same time. Crohn's doesn't have a cure and I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to be in her shoes right now.

So on my short run this morning I will think of my sister and of friends who can't be out enjoying a run, and I will be grateful that I am blessed right now and can.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful day with your families.


Jeremiah said...

My heart goes out to your sister. I have watched my favorite cousin struggle through that condition for the past decade.

Enjoy your run and know that there are people that you don't know thinking good things for you.


Curly Su said...

i'm so sorry to hear about your sister, liz. i hope you have a good vacation with your family. happy thanksgiving.

Jodi said...

So sorry about your sis. I hope that they are able to get it under control fast. People can live very full and active lives with Crohn's. My friend Jonathan is a pro triathlete with Crohn's.

Try to think about all the positives today and have a great Thanksgiving!


tony said...

So sorry to hear about your sister. She, you and your family and the doctors will definitely be in my prayers! Hang in there, E!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and I'm thankful you are a new friend this year!

Charlie said...

I am very sorry to hear of your sisters health issue.
I am sure if she is anything like you, she will rise to the challenges before her.
All my best to you and your family.

Backofpack said...

I hope your sister is doing better now - a tough conditions for sure. I know a few people with Crohns, it can be hard to manage, but some do well. I hope for the best for her!

Steve Stenzel said...

Sorry to hear about your sister. Be thankful for your speedy legs! I hope you have a good time with your family!

Papa Louie said...

I hope your sister manages the disease to the best of her ability and to have a positive attitude in life.

Sensationally Red said...

I hope your sister feels better. You are so right about not taking supreme health for granted. It can change on a dime, right? So, all we really have is today. Take care!