I have dealt with depression for a number of years. It came on suddenly and without warning. I was diagnosed with a "Major Depressive Episode." This was great news. Great for my wallet anyway, as this meant that therapy was unlimited. I was able to avoid medications, and within about 6 months I started to feel like myself again. It remained this way for a quite a while.
When my Dad died earlier this year, things got a bit rough. I might have seemed strong, pulled-together & fully-functional on the outside. I may have been busy running around and traveling with Derek or on my own. But the truth is that any time the dust settled and I wasn't preoccupied with packing, unpacking or traveling, I was down. Really down. Like not-wanting-to-work-out down. Or not-wanting-to-get-dressed down. Or not-wanting-to-go-to-the-mailbox down. Still, I do know that my experience is mild compared to what is suffered by many, many people. And for that I am grateful.
Speaking of being grateful, I'd like to focus this post upon giving thanks. Thanksgiving is around the corner, so it seems appropriate to list off some of the things for which I am thankful. Photos to illustrate, natch:
I am thankful that I had many wonderful years with these amazing souls in my life:
|Marty aka Dad; with a very small Deb|
|Dad: Living life to the fullest|
|My Mom: Beautiful Brigitte|
|Mom, who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis|
|Going through Chemo with Charlotte, who also had lymphoma|
|Kate has nothing on Charlotte|
|"Papa" my Swedish Grandfather|
|Grampy and Grammy (with you-know-who trying to get into the shot)|
|Tommy G. Taken too soon.|
|The familia. We miss Dad of course.|
|Sis-in-law Arizbe and bro, Steven|
|Steven, having a laugh|
|Aunt Rhoda and Uncle Carl|
|My wonderful cousins in Sonoma, CA|
Thankful that we welcomed a new member to the family...
|Ellie is a love-machine|
|I think Samantha is OK with this cuddling business.|
Thankful that I've been married for 16 years...
(*who happens to be wonderful, amazing, patient and kind)
|Derek with an arm-full of kitties|
|College room-mate and good friend, Leigh|
|Dear friend, Ron. (He's single, ladies!)|
|Great bunch o' LA bloggers|
|Lynn from The Actor's Diet, Ameena of Fancy That, Fancy This and Katie of A Joy In Class|
|Tamzin of Salad and Sequins|
|Allie from Pimp My Protein Shake|
|Lara from Thinspired Blog|
|Janetha from Meals & Moves|
|Bekah from Beek Eats and Heather from Heather Eats Almond Butter|
|Jenn from Girl Heroes|
|Tiffany from Carbzilla|
Thankful that I stumbled upon a 2.5 minute-recipe that has rocked my tummy and therefore my world:
Thankful that I love to work out (when I'm not down, of course):
Thankful that despite my Rainman-like calorie-counting, my body allows me to eat pretty deliciously. Still, I curse it for holding on to those last 10 pounds.
|A shared meal at the incomparable King's Highway at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA|
|Truffle Popcorn. I dream of this weekly.|
|Yours truly, circa 1997|
(Have you ordered yours yet?)
Thankful because sometimes you can look out and see a rainbow:
Q: For what are you thankful? Have you discussed private matters on your blog if you have one?