Thursday, May 26, 2011

What Might Have Been...

Yesterday would have been my parents 54th wedding anniversary.  I often think about what might have been if they were both still living today.  I think about them at the oddest times. Sometimes it's something I've seen on television, a song I've heard on the radio, or the smell of something cooking or baking that sends a rush of memories my way.  They can be sad or happy but I embrace them just the same. 

When they were younger there were times when their relationship wasn't the best. But in time and with determination and hard work they grew into a very loving couple. They were friends and companions during sickness and health right to the very end.  

As I look back on my childhood, I know I was blessed with two of the best parents in the world. We were raised to be independent and respectful of ourselves and others. We were nurtured and loved.

Both my parents spent a large portion of their lives living with the daily burdens of chronic illness. It was never "why me" but what can I do to enjoy my life and family to the fullest.  So as I learn to adjust to a life with Myasthenia Gravis, I think of my parents daily struggles. I try not to live the "why me" life. I want to live the fullest life possible with Myasthenia Gravis coming along on my journey...


  1. You are awesome. You have the best outlook! OH my GOSH! I just adore you. You are one of the few people who, while being kind and empathetic, will also kick me in the tail and tell me to pull me up by my bootstraps! : ) Must be the "Jersey" in you.
    Love you girl!!!

  2. Your parent were so normal, overcoming the "not so great" to become a loving couple. It is a testament to them, not to say why me? You also!

  3. Thank you both for dropping by! The two of you make blogging seem so easy.

  4. Hi Rachel,

    another wonderful post that brings tears to my eyes.

    I hope you don't mind but I have set up a link on my blog under blogs I am following that will direct people to your blog.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post.
    Rach xx

  5. Hello from
    my name is Karen, I am co~author of a new womens ministry .. I come to you via another blogging buddie, and I have enjoyed browsing your blog and would like to invite you to visit us when you get time.. We are looking forward to meeting more Sister in Christ..
    Have a blessed day,

  6. I've been missing my parents a lot today. Like you say, memories can be triggered by so many things. My Dad and Mom died the same day in 2003, so my sisters and I have a party on that day to celebrate their lives and also to get us through the day with a lot of fun and laughter plus a few tears.

    The title of you blog is so creative...


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