Gratitude Today


My brother Jim said he would trade places with me if he could, but I feel that if anyone can handle this shitty ALS diagnosis I’m the perfect candidate because I have so much.

Here are a few of the reasons why I feel this way:

  • I have strong faith that things are happening to me for a great reason and I have to trust, without clarity, that I believe in it.
  • Mark and I are both retired so with Mark’s loving help we are able to function normally.
  • We live in a handicap assessable home which is really bizarre because we had intentions of building a five level house after we sold our home five years ago.
  • Kelly, Chris and Tucker live near us and Kelly uses her nursing skills to help me and keep me organized with my medical care.
  • Mark and I having no financial worries and wonderful health insurance.
  • Corey encouraged me to write this blog and share my stories which has brought so much meaning to my life because of the beautiful responses and my faithful readers.
  • Bryan, Ashley and Pongo live two miles away from us and always stop by with great big smiles and giggles to brighten our day.
  • I am happy for Chad because he has Devin who is helping to bring great love and balance to his life.
  • I am happy for Corey because he has Bevan who has experienced so much diversity in his life and can help guide him.
  • I am happy to have our wonderful grandsons, Cole and Peyton, because they seem to adapt beautifully to what life serves them.
  • I have the best family and friends in the world which makes for a great support system.
  • I’m able to function everyday with little or no side effects from medicine I am taking.
  • I am grateful I didn’t have to endure a painful surgery, chemotherapy or radiation that some folks have to go through.
  • And finally, I am grateful that my disease has allowed me time to adjust to my weaknesses and allows me time to spend with the people I love.


10 thoughts on “Gratitude Today

  1. Hi Rosemary,
    I just heard about your diagnosis. It sounds like you have a wonderful support system. I too am grateful for every day. I continue to battle cancer. Until you are touched by a disease like ALS or cancer I don’t think you can truly appreciate the beautiful sunset or sunrise the same way. God bless you. I will keep you in my prayers.

  2. I am grateful to know YOU! You inspire me to be a better person, to look around for all the joy there is, and to be still in the moment. You are an amazing woman and I’m glad to call you friend.

  3. Rosemary, Thank you for sharing this blog and for being such a great friend. I know since our pact of praying for our children when I asked you “whatever it is” years ago without even stating “why” ~~ that it was a special intention we both voiced and carry on. Your sentiment of having our family pray for your family since all this began even more so than for your shows your compassion’s depth. Loved the convertible and your commitment to enjoy life each and every moment last weekend. Just love you girlfriend.

  4. I just started reading this blog last week and you have inspired me so much. I am profoundly moved by your blog entries. What grace God is showing in and through you and your family… and what a blessing it is for those of us fortunate enough to walk (and read) along with you. My continual prayers and love for you and your family.
    ~Sarah Groh Bishop (Kate Groh’s older sister in Memphis, TN)

  5. Rosemary, I learned 13 years ago that God challenges us to be part of his life. Everyday has challenges for you. I never can move ahead unless I depend on him and only him. I know I am still here because he still wants me to do more of his work. I am grateful for everyday because that is all I know. I do hope to be privileged enough to spend life in eternity with him. God bless you for sharing with us this time of anxiety. You touch so many people with your words. You are an inspiration to many.

  6. Rosemary, I’m so sorry for all you’re going through, and I pray for you often. You are such an amazing and positive person. I wish we had become closer friends in high school; but I’d love to have a chance to get together and become better friends now. Better late than never, right? I live near Grand Rapids, but I go to Muskegon often. Please let me know if you need anything or if you just need a friendly hug or conversation. 616-780-4060. Karol (Seewald) Evans

  7. I just learned of your illness and have to say you are an inspiration! You are focusing on the good in your life and positive thoughts bring positive result. You will be in my prayers every day. I am so glad you have such a great support system! God bless you, Rosemary!

  8. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to meet you and get to know you many years ago on a very snowy night – for a spur of the moment Euchre game! That was a fun night!! Even the power outage didn’t stop our Euchre games!! : )

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