My 60th Birthday! Gratitude, Thankfulness & Hope

Posted: August 5, 2015 in chronic illness, Hemophilia
Tags: ,

Today I turn 60 – SIXTY – years old!! When I was born in 1955 in Peoria, Illinois, the average life expectancy of someone with hemophilia was less than 20 years of age!! TWENTY!! Now I am 60!!!
While modern medical advancements were critical to my staying alive, so many people over the years – WAY too many to mention separately – helped to get me here! But there are some I need to mention!
Mom, Dad, sisters Judy and Cheryl and brother, Fred – my family! Without my family, 60 years of age does not happen!
Then there are all the nurses and the interns at Decatur Macon County Hospital up until 1978! From 1978 until his passing in 1987, Dr. Andrew E. Weiss – himself a hemophiliac – taught me so much.
When I was 10 yrs old The Creator of this universe placed my wife Debbie into my life – together we produced our amazing daughter, Meredith!! Now she and husband Rusty have blessed me with more incentive to take care of myself – our grandchildren, Austin Ann, 3 yrs old and Mason, 1!!
I’ve also been incredibly blessed with my lifelong friends always treating me “normal”-never letting me get to feeling sorry for myself! Back in high school and college, even when I would have a swollen elbow or knee, my buddies would come get me to go driving around! Or if I was unable to walk, one friend would come over to our house and we would play several games of chess! Getting me out of the house or keeping my mind occupied was instrumental in speeding up the healing process!
My music also played a role in keeping me going….but that is what the rest of this blog is all about!
So I approach my 61st year with gratitude, with thankfulness and hope!
I must be here for some reason! 
Love you all! Dave

Advertisements
Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s