To My Friends, on Thanksgiving and Every Day of the Year

A simple “thank you” doesn’t even begin to express my gratitude towards you. Your friendship means the world to me, and I’m so glad you are part of my life.

You are the light that gets me through all of my darkest moments.

On days I just want to give up, you remind me why I continue to live, whether you know it or not. I have a list of skills on my phone to get me through those times, and I have a section called “reasons to live.” That section has a list that includes (in no particular order) my puppy, my treatment team, music, other reasons, and your name.

I truly believe I am blessed to call you my friend.

Thank you so much for everything that you are. You aren’t just my friend, you are my family.

“A family is simply the people who love and support you. The ones who are there for you through your best and worst moments. The ones who try to build you up rather than break you down. They are the ones who will pick up the phone when you call, regardless of the time. They are the ones who recognize your stubbornness, but still try to steer you in the right direction. A family is the people who you feel happy, comfortable, and safe with.” — Sabrina Cordaro, Odyssey Online

I hope you are surrounded by a whole lot of love… Happy Thanksgiving, my loves!

Love you to the moon and back.

“I think it is important to take the time to tell the people you love how much you love them while they can still hear you.” — Meredith Grey

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Mental Health

thanksgiving dinner turkey on wooden plank table

PlanksGiving 2017: Why I'm Planking for Mental Health This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming — a time to give thanks for our blessings and to reflect on how we can make the world a better place. I ask you read the following and learn about PlanksGiving, an event I run each November. This year, I am planking in support of mental health. First, a little background on [...]
Photo of Takei, Carter, C.K. Spacey

What to Do If Someone Talks About Sexual Assault at the Thanksgiving Table

If you are dreading Thanksgiving because you’re afraid someone will bring up any of the recent sexual assault headlines, you are not alone. Every day it seems like a new celebrity or prominent figure is accused of sexual assault. From Kevin Spacey to Louis C.K., Ed Westwick, George Takei, Nick Carter, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein [...]
Image of stressed woman during meeting wuth personal coach

When Mental Health Professionals Say, 'Given Your History...'

“Given your history…” is a phrase I continually hear from professionals. And it is a phrase that I will continue to hate for as long as it is said in my vicinity. Yes, I have a history. Doesn’t everyone? Yes, I have a history in which I have done things I am not proud of. [...]
woman holds her phone in her hands

How I'm Using Social Media to Track My Mental Illness

I’m a social media butterfly. I tweet, I tumble, I pin and I post. There are a lot of reasons I use social media; to share with family members and friends who live far away, to promote my work and my books, etc. Sometimes I go online just to zone out for a while, sometimes [...]