A Gratitude Miniseries: June 2018

A Gratitude Miniseries: June 2018

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This is an ongoing series. Read the May 2018 entry here.

Here it is: my gratitude miniseries column for June 2018. This means that we’re halfway through the year and, overall, I’d say it has been a better one for me, compared to the past few years. That isn’t to say that the first half of 2018 hasn’t had its challenges. However, I am feeling pretty grateful for the wonderful things that happened in my life this past month, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to document them in this miniseries.

I look at the calendar hanging beside my bed and realize June has been a busy month. On it, I try to capture all my tasks — whether they are medical appointments, social events with friends, birthdays, or “to-do” items. I had anticipated that things would slow down as the summer months began, but it looks like the next few months will be just as busy. Hopefully, they will be filled with more wonderful moments.

I’m excited to look back on all my Gratitude Miniseries posts and reflect on what I have been up to since the beginning of 2018. One of the goals of this miniseries is to capture my favorite events and things that took place each month. I am looking forward to printing off all of the miniseries columns in December, and looking back on a wonderful year.

Below are some of my favorite moments, memories, and events that took place in June.

  • Meeting new friends: Early this month, I offered a place to stay for a close friend’s relatives who were visiting from another province. I’d never met them before, and they were here for a wedding that I was also attending. I had no idea how much having them here would mean to me. Although they were only here for four nights, we established a friendship that makes me feel like I’ve known them for years. I cried when they left. I can’t believe how close we’ve become in less than a month. They are wonderful people, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to get to know them, and for my friend putting her trust in me to host them at my house. I am planning a visit to see them in September.
  • Wedding celebrations: June is a popular wedding season, and I’ve attended two this month already. It is lovely to see friends and family members getting married and embarking on their lifetime of happiness. It’s a joy to spend the day celebrating with them, and who doesn’t enjoy a good meal, dancing, and beautiful music while celebrating with friends and family?
  • A special work event: Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of daily tasks, it is easy to lose sight of the overall picture of why we do what we do in our organization. Focusing on individual tasks, and remembering that all of these contribute to a bigger picture, and the impact of our organization is important. This month, we hosted a large event in our community for the people we serve and support, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was a beautiful reminder about why we do what we do as an agency. I am thankful for the motivation it brought me, and likely my colleagues, to continue doing the work.
  • Crafting club: Each month, I participate in a crafting club with close friends, and some of my extended family members. While it is a long drive for me to attend, I always enjoy spending a night crafting with friends. Considering how busy June was for me, I was really looking forward to our crafting night as an opportunity to enjoy some quiet time to concentrate on my ongoing crafting projects.

What are some of the things you’re thankful for this month?

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Thanks for stopping by my column! My name is Charlene Marshall and I was diagnosed officially with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) on April 7 2016 after 13 months of various tests, hospitalizations and misdiagnoses, such as bronchitis and asthma. Due to my age, the specialist disclosed that he was unsure how the IPF would manifest itself in terms of progression, and whether it would be fast or slow and what the course of my illness might look like. Not much has changed since then, meaning there is still a lot that remains unknown, which is largely due to my age and how “rare” it is for someone under 30 to receive a diagnosis of IPF. That being said, a lot has changed for me in the time since diagnosis and I am looking forward to sharing some of those changes with you through this online platform, and I invite you along for the ride! Throughout this column I intend to chronicle the experience of living with an invisible, yet fatal disease as a young adult and share some stories about how IPF has impacted every aspect of my life, both good and bad, thus far. I plan on highlighting the challenges (and where I can, the positives…) that come with living with IPF and the impact on social and intimate relationships, finances, family dynamics, facing mortality, infertility, travelling, medication side effects, career goals and so much more as it arises for me as a “new” patient. I hope others’ with similar experiences will reach out as no story trumps any other, nor should any go unheard. For now, let me leave you with some personal details about who I am, outside of my IPF diagnosis. I grew up in a small town in south-western Ontario and still live within Ontario, although in a much bigger city. My favorite sport is/was underwater hockey (yes, it is a thing: look it up on YouTube), I love working with people, I work full-time in the Social Work/Social Services field, I am an avid learner filled with heaps of curiosity for the world, which lead me to start my Masters Degree in 2014. I am in the last few months of my Masters Degree and am looking forward to an upcoming trip to Australia more than I’ve looked forward to anything before. Welcome to the shambles and chaos that is my life!
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Thanks for stopping by my column! My name is Charlene Marshall and I was diagnosed officially with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) on April 7 2016 after 13 months of various tests, hospitalizations and misdiagnoses, such as bronchitis and asthma. Due to my age, the specialist disclosed that he was unsure how the IPF would manifest itself in terms of progression, and whether it would be fast or slow and what the course of my illness might look like. Not much has changed since then, meaning there is still a lot that remains unknown, which is largely due to my age and how “rare” it is for someone under 30 to receive a diagnosis of IPF. That being said, a lot has changed for me in the time since diagnosis and I am looking forward to sharing some of those changes with you through this online platform, and I invite you along for the ride! Throughout this column I intend to chronicle the experience of living with an invisible, yet fatal disease as a young adult and share some stories about how IPF has impacted every aspect of my life, both good and bad, thus far. I plan on highlighting the challenges (and where I can, the positives…) that come with living with IPF and the impact on social and intimate relationships, finances, family dynamics, facing mortality, infertility, travelling, medication side effects, career goals and so much more as it arises for me as a “new” patient. I hope others’ with similar experiences will reach out as no story trumps any other, nor should any go unheard. For now, let me leave you with some personal details about who I am, outside of my IPF diagnosis. I grew up in a small town in south-western Ontario and still live within Ontario, although in a much bigger city. My favorite sport is/was underwater hockey (yes, it is a thing: look it up on YouTube), I love working with people, I work full-time in the Social Work/Social Services field, I am an avid learner filled with heaps of curiosity for the world, which lead me to start my Masters Degree in 2014. I am in the last few months of my Masters Degree and am looking forward to an upcoming trip to Australia more than I’ve looked forward to anything before. Welcome to the shambles and chaos that is my life!

2 comments

  1. Larry Lawrence says:

    Birth of a grandson. My youngest daughter (35 year old) had her first baby, (July 5th) and I must say the cutest little boy ever. I was diagnosed with IPF in January this year but have been dealing with shortness of breath for over 10 years. My first thought was what if I never get a chance to see this little guy? I was able to start my relationship with him as soon as he was born and have spent many hours with him since and gives me something to look forward to everyday. I am 71 year of age and I do have 3 other grand kids but only see them a couple times a year because they are out of state. My daughter works with me in real estate and I have my office set up like a mini nursery and hope to spend many more hours with this gift of life.

    • Charlene Marshall says:

      Hi Larry,

      Thank you so much for reading my gratitude miniseries column and for sharing your joy through these comments! What a beautiful gift to you – congratulations on the birth of your grandson! I am sure he is the cutest little boy ever, and I am so glad you’ve been able to enjoy many special moments with him. What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing and sending you all the best of wishes for a happy, healthy future!

      Kind regards,
      Charlene.

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