As a continuation of my “Gratitude Miniseries,” a monthly column highlighting the things I’ve enjoyed over the past four weeks, I am happy to report that May was a better month for me.
As I shared in my previous column, April was tough, and although May did have its challenges, I am thankful that I was able to enjoy most of this past month.
The weather where I live was beautiful this month, and except for a few extremely humid days, I enjoyed spending time outside with my dog. The days were filled with sunshine, and most evenings I watched the sunset, which captured beautiful colors in the sky. One of my favorite things about summer is watching the sunset, and it is even more enjoyable when I can do so at my cottage on the lake.
It is hard to believe that at this time next month, I will be writing my June column, which will mark the middle of 2018 already. I have made summer plans, including trips away with friends, and I am looking forward to describing those outings in future columns so that I can look back on wonderful summer memories at the end of this year.
For now, here are some of my favorite moments in May:
- Participating in a work webinar: As I’ve mentioned in the past, I enjoy my job and one of the reasons for that is the opportunity for me to take part in professional development opportunities. This month, I participated in a series of three webinars for work, which challenged my way of thinking to enhance the job that I do. While I found this mentally tiring, as it required a lot of focus and energy, it was also very beneficial, and I look forward to sharing what I have learned with my colleagues.
- Help from friends: I had an unexpected medical intervention early this month, which left me feeling quite unwell. I didn’t have a lot of time to plan or secure supports after this procedure, and I am grateful for my friends’ support in getting me through.
- Knowledge of medical specialists: I had been struggling for some months with neurological symptoms, such as prolonged and frequent headaches, as well as vision and balance issues, and sporadic episodes of nausea. I didn’t know the cause of this, or whether it could be related to my idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). After seeing my family doctor, she referred me to a specialist who diagnosed me with a concussion following a car wreck. While I am not happy that I have the concussion, I am thankful for my doctor’s referral and subsequent diagnosis so that I can start rehabilitation to alleviate my symptoms.
- Long weekends at the cottage: My cousins and extended family have a place close to my parent’s cottage, which is my happy place. I enjoy spending holiday weekends there by the lake. I visited during the Canadian Victoria Day weekend and made wonderful memories with my cousins. The photograph for this column of the sunset on the lake was taken from the cottage.
- Crafting retreat: Unless you’re a crafter, it is hard to understand how spending a weekend creating can be therapeutic. This past weekend, I participated in a scrapbooking and card-making retreat at a resort on the lake. It was nice to relax and be surrounded by people who share the same hobbies as me and to enjoy the resort’s amenities as well. The meals and the company were the highlights for me. My productivity benefited from the experience, and I was able to get a number of projects completed.
What are some of the things you were grateful for this May?
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