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Let’s Bring Back Thankful Thursday

It has been a while since I have seen a Thankful Thursday post, and in light of some things going on in my life, I thought it would be nice to bring it back!

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Thankful Thursday. Come and share what you are thankful for and share the gratitude!

I’m grateful and thankful for so many things in life, but I thought that today I would look at just a few (and for all of those things and people that are feeling left out–if you are even here to be reading this, I am thankful for you!).

This Thankful Thursday I am thankful for:


I know that there are many of you out there that are skeptical and wary of the medical system and doctors and general. Please know that I understand your skepticism, and I think skepticism can be very healthy. But I also believe in doctors, in medicine, and this week, I am so, so thankful for them.

Yesterday (Wednesday), my GI fit me in to see her on her lunch break on her procedure day because she was worried about me. I’ve been updating you all a bit on my health and Crohn’s Disease flare up, and she somewhat confirmed that I am experiencing some inflammation (they did an in-clinic procedure with scoping and biopsies) and that we need to do something about it. 

I am both relieved and saddened by this news. I am saddened by the fact that I haven’t been able to maintain my remission that I was so happy about in February; I am saddened that the stress that I have been under has likely caused this, and that my attempt to get pregnant (by going off birth control and my dual therapy) took away the cushion/safety net that I had to deal with the mental pressures that have been facing me. 

But I am also relieved. I am relieved because we have a plan (to shorten my infusion interval substantially), that my infusion last week has helped me so much, and that so far, we are not taking pregnancy and continuing to try off the table. I am relieved, in some ways, that what has been going on has been the Crohn’s Disease, because I know what that is, and we have defeated it before. If this had been something different, something unknown…. I am hoping that this re-jigging of my Remicade infusion will help. That blessed medicine. I will never take it for granted.

For Understanding and Compassion

I had a really, really crazy Tuesday. Things were up/down/all around, and I had to be doing the same, and it lead to me having a mid-day panic attack as well as two meetings (which had played some part in sparking the panic). But Alex was able to talk to me, to help me talk through my feelings, and to comfort me with his compassion and understanding, but also to assure me that he never has thought, “Great, Susie is having an issue again. Get over it.” Or you know what I mean.

Then I had one of the meetings, and I just came clean about what had been going on. Why I had been distant and disconnected for the past 6 weeks. And that person showed compassion for my situation, accepted my apology, and we discussed how to move forward. This meant so much to me. 

For My Other Half, and His Current Job Situation

This week marks 8 years that Alex and I have been officially together (I covered that on Tuesday). I am thankful for him every day, but especially now, when I am going through so much that is so beyond my control. My self created stress isn’t something that I can turn off–my mind is just creating it. And, as I just said, he has never held it against me. 

I am also so, so thankful for his current position. As Chief Resident, his is incredibly busy (literally helping to run the residency program!), but for the first time since he graduated from medical school, he is also available. He joined me Tuesday night for an event. He was able to answer my call when I was having my panic attack. He texted me back after I had my appointment. Now, that doesn’t mean that he is able to do that all the time, but at least right now, or in the past few days, he has been able to do that. And if he isn’t there I usually can finangle my mom (an equally good alternative!).

My Current Mindset Re: Food and Intake

Right now, I am so grateful for my current mindset with regards to food and taking in the extra calories necessary to try to pad my body a bit more. I am having to do this a bit less aggressively than some people. I know some women who have increased to 4000 calories a day, but I’m doing more 2500-3000, which is both attainable and sustainable for a longer term. Plus, with my recent GI issues, I am having to be pretty careful with what I am eating already, and I don’t want to get back to the point of worrying that everything is going to hurt me.

I attribute this mindset of being able to deal with the changes that are to come in my body, and the actions that I must take, to my marathon training, something I have also talked about in the past (one of my most commented on posts ever).

Being Able To Run

Running is something that I will never take for granted. Running has been a health barometer for me for a long time, and now, especially after the injuries that I have had over the past few years and the current issues that I am having with my health, I am so, so thankful to be able to run in any capacity. I don’t care how slow I go, how tired my legs are. Any day that I wake up that is a day that I am healthy enough (and have allotted) to run is a day and a run that I will take and be grateful for. Step after tired step. 

My Tribe

I can’t quit you all. You all don’t blow smoke up my ass and brown-nose; you keep it real, and you help remind me that there are others out there that struggle, that triumph, that are like me and completely different from me. You come forward and let me know what is working, I can tell when things aren’t working. You check in on me, you are my tribe. And I don’t mean that in an egotistical way–I hope that we all have tribes. People that will stand up and high five you, slap you, put their arms around you, or tell you to get it together. It means more than you can imagine.

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  • Reply Evangeline Kennedy

    I love the idea of Thankful Thursdays. It’s nice to reflect on all the good things we have even during rough patches. Sending lots of love 🙂

    August 18, 2016 at 5:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! Have a good one!

      August 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Glad to hear you have a good GI Doctor you trust and that they are doing something. This too shall pass my dear!

    August 18, 2016 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know it will. Just gotta fight!

      August 19, 2016 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I am so glad you are feeling better. I hope your Crohn’s goes back into remission.

    As a PS to your comment about being thankful for doctors, be thankful that you have insurance to pay for your treatments. I have to say that because so many of the parents of my little patients do not have insurance coverage. It is a very messed up system.

    August 18, 2016 at 6:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, MOST definitely. So unbelievably thankful for insurance!

      August 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I like how you are appreciative of what Alex can do, rather than bitter about what he can’t, that is a healthy marriage. Right now I am thankful to have passions outside of running, that fill me up while I take time away from it. I’m also thankful for this podcast with Hillary Clinton that I am listening to right now, because I want to hear more from our next president 🙂

    August 18, 2016 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      From your mouth to god’s ears!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    Thankful Thursday is totally a thing today!! <3 I'm thankful for our chat on Tuesday. 🙂

    August 18, 2016 at 6:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so thankful for getting to meet you #soulsisters

      August 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Oh I so love this post. Sometimes when we are doing the worst is when an exercise like this is so valuable. I’m so sorry your crohn’s is back. Thank god for your doctor. I feel the same way about doctors. They aren’t perfect and there are some that really stink… but then when you find the right one they make life so much better.

    August 18, 2016 at 7:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just like dating!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Me? today, I am so thankful for the liquid gold that is Remicade.

    Once we all agreed that you needed it (you were a pediatric patient and we had to follow certain protocols) your wonderful doctors said “let us deal with the insurance company, we know how to do it….” and they did! Then Remicade started its work on you.

    As a Crohn’s mom, I didnt just grow out of my role when you became an adult. Yes, it is trickier when I don’t live near you and I have to rely on a system for your care that I don’t know. I can’t just pick you up at carpool and tell you we ARE going to the doctors RIGHT NOW. And then just take you and tell them we can wait until someone can see you—which usually took about 10 minutes tops for your own doctor to squeeze you in!
    I am very thankful that you learned how to be your own health advocate, but of course I still worry. That is what moms do.
    I don’t just worry about your body’s health, I worry about all the “other things” that are health issues for you. However, I know that you are married to a doctor, but even long before he could add the MD after his name, I have trusted Alex with you–with knowing when to step in and do something, and when to step back and let you do what you knew how to do.
    I’m thankful that we had and you have access to great medical care.
    I’m thankful that you have running to keep you moving forward, even if your speed has slowed down temporarily.
    When I see that big white horse standing out in the pasture, I am so thankful that he could keep you laughing when you insides were NOT cooperating at all.
    I’m thankful for TeamChallenge for giving both of us a way to give back to the Crohns community as well as give forward to the future patients who don’t know that they will need us.
    I’m also thankful that again today I get to ride a cute Tennessee Walking Pony whose mom needs someone to get him back into shape for her. I’d never ridden a gaited horse before yesterday–this is fun!

    Let that liquid gold do its work and I will worry about those things I can do something about, and then watch more of the new season of Botched!

    but, most of all, I am thankful for you…..

    August 18, 2016 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I am so thankful for you, every single damn day. There aren’t enough words for it!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Oh, Susie, I love this post. It so easy to forget the people and things we’re thankful for, especially when we’re exposed to them daily. I identified with a lot of your thankful’s. Having someone understanding and compassionate! I feel like I bitch about the same things day in and day out but my Alex never seems to get annoyed by it (much, at least ;)) Maybe it’s an Alex thing?
    Also, the job situation thing – although the hubs isn’t a doctor, he does tend to work crazy hours because he’s a workaholic. BUT I thank my lucky stars that he has a shift that, on average, he get to see, help out, and hang out with the boys each and every day. (He leaves for work at 2, usually home between 12 and 1.)
    It’s so r=easy to forget the little things that we’re thankful for so *clapping emoji* to you taking the time to do so!

    August 18, 2016 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it is an Alex thing. We need to look that upl

      August 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Having a plan is always so helpful especially when youre feeling anxious. Hope things continue to fall in to place! Im thankful for a spontaneous date night last night after a really bad day at work!

    August 18, 2016 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      BOOOO to bad days at work! But I’m glad that you were able to turn it around!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Suire

    I am thankful for a girls weekend at the beach with my mom, sister, niece and daughter. For the kids getting into a new school closer to our house. For a husband who does so much around the house and makes my job as a working mom easier. For school starting next week! For a healthy body that allows me to workout and run.

    August 18, 2016 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So many amazing things to be thankful for! That is awesome that your kids will be going to a school closer to your home–that will make everyone’s lives easier.

      August 19, 2016 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I am also really grateful for medical professionals, in general, although I can definitely be skeptical at times.
    I am definitely grateful for every single run as well! Im glad that you were able to see your doctor and figure out a plan!

    August 18, 2016 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There is nothing wrong with healthy skeptism!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I am so glad to hear that you have a game plan for your flare – and that you’re approaching it all with so much gratitude. I’m always rooting for you, Susie, because I know that you’re going to come up on top. You’ve got brains, grit, passion, and gratitude like no one else.
    I’m thankful for Ryan. Like Alex is to you, he’s my rock amd everything.

    August 18, 2016 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am thankful for you! And you know that I am rooting for you, even though you don’t need it because you are such a rockstar.

      August 19, 2016 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I’m thankful for you, for healthcare and for my support system. I completely know the feeling of being sad and relieved regarding health issues. Like, why did it have to happen in the first place? (Sad). But I’m so grateful to have a plan to work toward optimal health. (Relieved).

    August 18, 2016 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that. Love you!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Glad to hear that you now know what’s going on and have a plan to get back on track. AND that for the time being it’s not going to affect your pregnancy plans. I’m excited for little baby Susies to be crawling around 🙂

    August 18, 2016 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It might take a little longer, but you know they will be at some point. I think they’re just waiting until after the election (there is enough crazy going around :D)

      August 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I’m thankful for the ability to run. Sure, sometimes I moan when I have another training run for this marathon because I’m tired, but I’m so thankful that I can actually RUN!

    August 18, 2016 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Like I said on Wednesday–any day that I am healthy enough is a good day to run!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I’m the biggest doctor skeptic in the land – that’s what happens when so many of them don’t have answers for you. That said, the fact that there are ones like your GI is the reason that I walk into every appointment open and honest and hopeful. There are certainly some great ones.
    I’m grateful for a great PT and like you, the ability to run even if it’s slower than I’m used to. And a dad who makes sure to check in with me even when we’re apart. And a mom who brings me ice cream after a rough day for both of us. Also, a dog to cuddle, people who tell it like it is, and as you put it, my tribe.

    August 18, 2016 at 7:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You have every right to be skeptical. You have a rare and very finicky condition that requires a lot of creativity, if that is the right way to put it. But I also know that you are the type to know when you have found someone awesome. And we have some great tribes, and I’m glad that we can be a part of each others!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie

    Wow, your doctor sounds awesome! I’m glad you’re nipping the beast in the bud. My hubby is the same with my anxiety issues. He “gets” it and has never once marginalized it. THAT is truly rare and beautiful. I’m thankful for the warmth and magic of summer, for a beautiful wedding in the fam this weekend, for our camper that will take us camping next week, for a stable workplace and for good books.

    August 18, 2016 at 8:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Having husbands that accept us for who we are–there is nothing better!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply kat

    So much to be thankful for girlie!! Im sorry to hear about the flair up. I’m praying for healing and recovery for you so that you can not only experience freedom but also become a mom. I’m so glad that you have such a fantastic support system around you. My husband is exactly that for me as well. I would be utterly lost without him [and probably even more bat shit crazy than I am]

    August 18, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you and me both would be shitting bats together 😀

      August 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    you know i so needed this right now. THANKFUL for you and glad you are doing better. YAY tribe!

    August 18, 2016 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    <3 LOVE. Sometimes we all need to take a step back and think about what we're thankful for. I'm so glad Alex has been around more lately to be there for you as you go through all of this. It's something I think a lot of people would take for granted (having a husband around whenever) but you definitely appreciate him. And obviously moms. How can we NOT be thankful for them? They created us, after all 🙂

    August 18, 2016 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Moms are the bee’s knees. I am so, so grateful that Alex has been there a bit more recently, especially before he goes on a bajillion interviews. But then I’m going to have my mom come up, so there you go 😀

      August 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    I think writing out what we are thankful for is so powerful and helps us keep going, especially when things are tough! I’m thankful for moving into a new house this summer and being able to run and train for my first marathon. Sending you good vibes, Ms. Suz!

    August 18, 2016 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Sarah! And I am so excited for you–so much good going on!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Tricia Vaughn

    Love this, we often overlook the things we take for granted. Today just one thing I’m thankful for is my family.

    August 18, 2016 at 9:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always. Family is the bomb diggity 😀

      August 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Beverley @ Born to Sweat

    Love the good vibes and positivity from this post. I’m so sorry to hear about the inflammation and hope that it only gets better from here. I’m thankful every day for being able to live in Canada and having so many opportunities afforded to us, just because we were lucky enough to be born here. especially with the Olympics on, you see how much people have sacrificed, and how far they have come to get where they are.

    August 18, 2016 at 9:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Watching the refugee athletes has been so inspiring and humbling to me. I am so glad that, for all America’s faults, I can call it my country and my home.

      August 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    love, love LOVE you my friend!

    August 18, 2016 at 9:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love you right back!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Susie, I love this so much. <3 We have been given so many gifts in this country, and I'm so grateful that there are doctors that are helping you and really searching out what is wrong and not just writing off your problems. Also, understanding and compassion are an amazing part of the blogging community here; I do hope and pray that I can be more compassionate like the Lord Jesus because I struggle so much with compassion. Today I'm grateful for grace and hope and and all the friends God has blessed me with, including you.

    August 18, 2016 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are such a dear, Emily, and such a positive light in an often dim world. I am so thankful that you are in my life!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply San

    Yay for thankful Thursdays… great to reminder ourselves of the good things in the world 🙂
    Glad you have a good doctor to guide you through flare-ups! And a good support system is so important!

    August 18, 2016 at 9:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will never take my support system for granted. Building that support system (both family and doctors) is critical!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Love your attitude and perspective on everything you have to deal with. It sounds like you’re doing all the right things and you’re doing them all like a champ xoxo

    August 18, 2016 at 10:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m trying to. If nothing else, I’ll get the silver medal 😀

      August 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I went back and looked at some of your older posts (that are linked here) and I found the one where we coined the word
    that’s a good word for today!

    August 18, 2016 at 10:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Which post was that??

      August 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Any chance your GI makes house calls outside of Chicago? I need a good one!

    August 18, 2016 at 11:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sure she would for a price 😀

      August 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I am sorry you have not been feeling well Susie. It makes me sad to see other people, including you, hurting. I’ve been on and off all summer. Trying to figure out my next steps in life and getting down about it at times. I had dinner with a friend last night and we both just talked about how grateful we were for our parents. I’m in my late 30s and they still support me and are there for me when I need it. Even when I don’t ask. I know your mom does that for you too. I like how you reminded me that even when things are hard we have much to be grateful for. I sometimes forget that!

    August 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so sorry that you have been struggling, Jilly. I am always here if you need an ear. One should always be grateful for one’s parents when they are as lucky as we both are. There is nothing wrong with leaning on them, regardless of your age!

      August 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I am so glad you are able to get good medical care. I can tell you as someone who’s insurance isn’t accepted hardly any where (sad after serving my country for 20 years) that is something to be HUGELY thankful for.
    I’ve been struggling as of late, so I am simply thankful for having made it through another day. <3

    August 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sending you so much love, Michelle. SO much love. I am so thankful for my healthcare. I know how sunk we would be without it.

      August 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Running as a health barometer. I like that a lot. My dad passed along the art of thankfulness to me and it’s something I respect him so much for. As a recovering alcoholic, for the past 27 years of sobriety he wakes up each morning and thanks god for his sobriety and then he lists off things he is thankful for. It makes a world of difference on the state of his heart and mind. That’s how we change the world: by being thankful one day at a time.

    August 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is a weird thing to say, and I hope you understand my meaning, but in many ways, your dad and I are very similar in our fight against chronic illness. These types of fights either lead to you falling apart or figuring out how to move forward.

      August 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Chronic illness is a bitch but YOU’RE a warrior. You’ve got this, girl. Your family and doctors rock. xxoo

    August 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am very very fortunate!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    I admire your amazing ability to focus on the positive despite the variables working against you right now. You’re an inspiration!! 🙂

    August 18, 2016 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, thank you, Jo! I’m just doing what I need to do, or at least trying!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    Looks like you’ve got the right perspective when life throws you curveballs.

    My Thursday thought is I’m soooooo glad we’re almost to Friday!

    August 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I’m thankful I was somehow able to scrape together enough to pay for Merlin’s surgery, and that my anxiety over this whole ordeal is finally subsiding so I can return to blogging and stalking my friends on social media.

    I’m sorry you’ve had so much on your plate for the past while, but I’m glad you have some GI answers, even if it’s not the answer you want. I find I feel better when I have an answer, regardless of what it may be.

    Finally, you and Alex are so lucky to have one another. I have some friends who complain about the job their spouse has and it irritates me to no end. You knew what you were getting into at the beginning. You guys are total relationship goals.


    August 18, 2016 at 4:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwww thank you, Ange! I am so sorry that YOU have had so much on your plate–having our loved ones (yes, Merlin TOTALLY counts) can be all consuming. I’m proud of you for keeping it so together. xoxox

      August 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    makes me so happy you have Alex… what a special guy. I am praying for your health and that these stupid crohn’s issues go away!! I love this thankful Thursday. Gratitude helps to put so much into perspective

    August 18, 2016 at 8:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so, so thankful for amazing people in my life!

      August 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm
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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Your doctor sounds incredible! If only they were all like that.

    I am praying for you and sending HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGEEEEEAMONGOUS (that’s a word) hugs your way.

    August 19, 2016 at 12:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I receive those hugs, and I approve of that as a word 😀

      August 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    I try to be remind myself to be grateful every day. I have a gratitude journal I write down 5 things every night that I was grateful for that day. Some days I am just grateful the day is over! But it keeps me real. We all have so much to be thankful for. A chronic illness is a challenge. I give you a lot of credit. xo Lauren

    August 19, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Lauren. And I agree–we all have so, so much to be thankful for (even if it is that the day is over and there is a chance for another start the next day!).

      August 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    I am playing catch up from vacation – so sorry to hear about the Crohn’s difficulties. Hopefully shortening Remicade intervals will help! That stuff is like liquid gold for me and I know it has been for you so sending good vibes that it helps heal you quickly!

    August 26, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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