This Thanksgiving, CNN readers reveal what they’re thankful for

Dr. Leana Wen: "There is a lot that we can do this Thanksgiving that we could not last year."
Dr. Leana Wen: “There is a lot that we can do this Thanksgiving that we could not last year.”

As Americans head into the Thanksgiving holiday, many people talk about being grateful.

That can feel out of place or even cruel during a pandemic when so much and so many have been lost. But there are still things to be grateful for.

CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, whose husband survived a case of Covid-19 last year, told us what she’s thinking about this Thanksgiving.

“There is so much that I’m deeply grateful for. First, I’m grateful for my family. My husband, Sebastian, and I have two lovely little kids, a 4-year-old son, Eli, and the “pandemic baby” Isabelle, who is now a year and a half,” Wen said.

“Sebastian contracted Covid-19 last year, just a month before the vaccines were made available. We feel very grateful that he survived Covid-19, and we mourn the over 750,000 Americans and millions of people around the world who have tragically succumbed to the pandemic.”

Wen also expressed gratitude for the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other frontline health care workers who worked tirelessly to keep the rest of us safe.

“These are individuals who were already overstretched and overworked before the pandemic, who then had to take on the responsibility of setting up testing, standing up contact-tracing operations, then running the most expansive vaccination effort in recent history,” she said.

“On top of that, they battle constant misinformation and disinformation. Many public health officials have faced harassment, even physical harm, just for trying to do their job. I give thanks to them, and to all the essential workers and their families who have sacrificed so much over the last two years,” Wen added

Read the full interview here.


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