2013 has been a year of incredibly high highs and incredibly low lows. Sometimes those lows have overshadowed all the highs—and for good reason. It’s impossible to put into words how devastating the setbacks are.
But our community is and has always been stronger than the setbacks. We may be fighting a disease that takes away muscle, but you are the strongest people I’ve ever known. It’s during our biggest challenges that strength matters most, and I know we’ll get through this together.
No matter the difficulties Duchenne throws our way, we still have so much to appreciate. So I want to step away from the noise of social media, breaking news, and life in general for just one moment to tell you what I’m personally thankful for. Three things, which drive everything I do, come to mind:
Thinking of you all gives me the strength I need to take another deep breath, roll up my sleeves, and keep going.
I truly believe simple actions drive us forward, even and especially during the tough moments, when it’s difficult to think of moving forward at all. Please take a moment today to share with us what you’re grateful for this year—the blessings you may not acknowledge as often as you’d like. It’s a small thing, but we have to start with that single action, that simple step away from the challenge and toward the progress we so desperately need.
Thank you for being on this journey with me, and for all the actions you take that fuel our fight. None of us expected to be here, but I am so grateful to have you and your strength in my life.
Warm holiday wishes,