With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, we know that there is so much to be thankful for. Yet, the world we live in comes along with troubles, and some of those conversations are not best suited for the table. Everyone knows what topics to avoid, from politics to religion, as they tend to make dinner conversation just plain awkward. Instead, let’s make the center of our conversations not only what we are thankful for, but also what we can do to give back and make positive change.
In 2015, a survey showed that the top things Americans are thankful for are their family and their family’s health, technology, and their personal financial situation. While these are wonderful things to give thanks for every day, not everyone has the same blessings in their life. Turner Syndrome women and girls face challenges that we should all be considerate of and while technology can be used for advancing medical research, there is still so much that is unknown about the medical conditions associated with TS. Financially, anyone with a rare and complex medical disorder struggles through a mountain of bills that restrict access to care.
In your Thanksgiving conversations, take time to talk about the challenges others face in life and how you can make a difference. We all have the ability to make a difference in the lives of those around us, so with your closest family and friends, think of a way you can make a collective impact.
Perhaps in looking forward to the holidays, you can each pledge to donate a portion of your gift spending to Turner Syndrome Foundation or another organization you support. Maybe you could host a community holiday party inviting your office, church, or whatever other group you belong to, to include people who might not have friends and family to celebrate with. Whatever it is, we believe that the holidays are a time to give back, and Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to bring your loved ones together to talk about what you can do to have fun together and make a difference.
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