During one of my typical (usually daily) pinning sessions on Pinterest, I came across this quote in the picture above. It really got me thinking, and on this chilly Thanksgiving morning, I figured I would share with you all what I am most thankful for. I’m sure I could literally go on forever if I wanted to, but I’ll try and keep it as concise as possible. Hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with turkey, loved onesand  full bellies.


I am thankful for my family and the undying love and support they’ve given me throughout the years. I am thankful for the friends who have filled my life with laughter and many unforgettable memories that will be cherished for eternity. I am thankful for my service dog, Fred, who also happens to be my very best friend. I am thankful for having the opportunity to receive an education from a reputable university, one in which has given me some of the best days of my life. I am thankful for Netflix. Seriously. Does that make me seem a little weird? I am thankful for nurses, not just mine, but for every nurse who is improving the quality of life for their patients. I am thankful for my past, for it led me to this very moment and some pretty amazing experiences along the way. I am thankful for the bad times because they all have helped me to grow and learn for the better. I am thankful for cupcakes. Especially the red velvet ones. I am thankful for everyone who helped in getting the RI statehouse dome lit green this past August. That was one of my favorite moments ever. I am thankful for being blessed with a wonderful and hardworking dream team to help me plan the annual SMA fundraiser. I am thankful for my accomplishments small and large. I am thankful for having the incredible, never-in-my-wildest-dreams opportunity to blog for The Huffington Post at my discretion. I am thankful for my blog viewers across the world and their comments/emails that make my day. They motivate me to keep writing and sharing my story. Last but not least, I am thankful for this amazingly, beautiful life.

What are you thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving!

Author: Alyssa

Chronicling my journey while teaching the world that I have SMA, but it will NEVER have me. Life's what you make it, dare to make it a remarkable one✨


  1. We are thankful for you…your optimism, your energy, your faith, spirit, and tenacity! We are too thankful for our family and for the inspiration you provide us to march on and celebrate life!


    Jim and Maggie

  2. Thankful for family and friends and the lovely people and inspirational people that help me live my life!!…and sports! 🙂 Blessings your way on this Thanksgiving and every day!

  3. I am thankful for you my Alyssa! You make me smile and realize that I can accomplish what I want to accomplish! You are an inspiration! Love you, MFA

  4. I’m thankful for dad, Adam and you. I’m thankful to everyone that touches your life in a special that makes your life easier and brighter. I’m thankful when reminded every day what strength means. I’m thankful for all the blessings God bestows on us every day when I wake up and know my family is near and well. Love you Lyssy, m<3m

  5. Belatedly – I am thankful for the chance to teach you, the chance to work with you and discover your many, many talents. Keep on writing!

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