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I am thankful for,

To get into the spirit of Thanksgiving in The USA, I thought I would write a blog post about what I am thankful for. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Well, that’s what Google tells me. I would love to be able to be in America for Thanksgiving, the food, decorations, and atmosphere looks amazing. I love that the tradition is to remind yourself and your loved ones what you are thankful for.

i am thankful for

This year, I am thankful for Huntington ’s disease. No, I have not gone mad, I promise. Without Huntington’s disease in my life, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t have the #imnotdrunk blog and I wouldn’t have all these amazing plans waiting to happen! I wouldn’t have had the many opportunities provided to me by Huntington’s disease and I wouldn’t have completed my degree. I chose my degree because I was an 18-year-old child who knew no better and enjoyed organizing fundraisers. I studied medical science and had applied to three other degree’s which were medically based. I have met so many people around the world, and they are beautiful amazing people. I have given public talks on Huntington’s disease and I have attended many events about Huntington’s disease. When I was a teenager, I was a little brat! I was hanging around with some odd people, I was staying out late and let’s just say I was doing things I shouldn’t have been doing. Huntington’s disease made me grow up, my dad needed me. I did not lose my childhood, I just had a slightly different one. I did my dad’s cleaning, shopping and eventually personal care needs. We got help as the years went on, but I cared for daddy and done as much as I could. I also completed my education to get my university degree, and I am thankful that my dad was able to celebrate my graduation with me. My brother was a massive help in this, which I am also thankful for, without Ryan I wouldn’t have been able to go to University or America for three summers, to teach water skiing. My CV is busting with volunteering and experiences I truly don’t believe I would have encountered if Huntington’s disease had not of came into my life. I was in a class of 40 odd people, and I already had a massive amount of volunteering and events experience due to the work I had done with my local charity. Although there were difficult times, I can honestly say it has made me who I am today, I feel blessed and lucky to have the life I have lived. Some people dealing with Huntington’s disease have harder times than what I have had, for this, I am truly sorry. Everyone can have a different experience with Huntington’s disease, it affects every patient differently. I just want to remind everyone to try to find the positive, without Huntington’s disease I wouldn’t have met the people I have, experienced what I have and be as mature as I am. The one thing I heard the most growing up was, “you’re so mature for your age” I had to be, my dad relied on me! I was in charge of his house, personal care, pills, appointments and every aspect of his life. I would say to people, think of all you do for yourself in a day, I do that for myself and my dad.

So I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving, and eat lots of food!! I will be having Mexican :S

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