On this Thankful Thursday, I am feeling gratitude for how far medical research has come. First, there's Hachi. Without the breakthroughs in helping humans with psychiatric disorders, Hachi would not be doing so well today.
Seeing him and Shyla play each evening makes my heart swell with gratitude. Although Shyla is only seven years old, her gray makes her look older, which I love seeing next to the puppyish face of Hachi.
He seems so much happier with his behavioral meds on board. He's not constantly worried and afraid. He plays like the puppy that he is.
I'm trying to be grateful about medical advances for another reason. My dad has cancer, recently diagnosed. His treatment is starting. It's been hard having that going on along with the other stressful "stuff" of the past couple of months.
No one ever knows how our tough times will turn out. Part of life is trying as hard as you can to sway events in a good direction but you never know what will happen in the future. Yes, Hachi seems to be improving but we don't know how his temperament will turn out. And my dad has great doctors who are optimistic. I hope that their optimism is right on.
Brian, for hosting the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.