Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me…. and You! How was your 2020 year in review?

I usually don’t write articles specifically about myself but this year is a different year of all sorts so I thought I thought I would just go for it!   The good, the bad, and the ugly of the year that is ending in my birthday month, December.

The Good

I have amazing people in my life!  To me it’s the people that matter the most in life and in this area, I have been gifted. I have a great family and amazing friends.  They are there for the laughs and also the hard times.  And have there been the hard times (but more of that later).

I’ve been one of the lucky ones that has been able to continue working during this pandemic.  I know not every one is so lucky and I truly count this as a blessing!  In fact, working from home has been beyond a blessing – it’s been a lifesaver when it comes to my chronic illness.  The extra energy I save by working at home has helped my condition from progressing more than it has.

I’ve spent the year enjoying many things, including new books, movies, and finding new ways to get to know my friends and family.  This pandemic has forced us all to do that quite a bit.

I’ve been able to continue to strongly advocate for greater awareness and support for my chronic illness.  In addition, I have been lucky enough to be able to directly help many of them find the medical help that they need.

The Bad

As many of you know, I have a chronic illness.  I fear that it is progressing at a rate that is way too fast for me.  And unfortunately, I don’t have a practical way of stopping the progression and just hope and pray that all this attention on Covid long haulers, many of which that are getting MECFS, will help in the fight for a cure.

I still grieve the loss of working out.  My chronic illness has caused me to have many losses in my life but for some reason this one will not go away.  It’s not just the working out but it’s the stress relieving qualities of it, how healthy and strong it made me feel, and the physical effects of it.  I’ve had so many bigger losses because of this illness but for whatever reason, this one sticks with me the most.

The Ugly

I’ll keep this short and sweet but I think we all know where we are going here: the Pandemic!  It’s affected us all in different ways.  For me, it has affected my ability to see my family and friends in ways that I won’t get into. We all have our stories.  Let’s just hope that we are closer to the end of this Pandemic then we are the beginning.


The good, the bad, the ugly.  It’s what makes the world go around.  I’ll take what’s life’s given me this year and rejoice in the magic of it all!  I am blessed.

Happy Birthday to Us All

What are your 2020 birthday thoughts?  How has your year been, pandemic and all?

24 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Me

  1. Happy Birthday! I’m sorry to hear about your illness and I really hope things get better in that front to allow you to return to at least some exercise that you enjoy.

  2. Sad to hear about your illness, it’s good to know you had some good moments during this year. My year was an emotional rollercoaster lol but from the looks of it, the year should end smoothly for me. I hope next year will be filled with even more good moments for you.

  3. Happy Birthday! I’m sorry you are struggling with chronic illness. Hopefully something good will come out of this pandemic and they will not only find a cure for the virus, but also something that will help you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Happy Birthday to you! This year sure has been an interesting year, hasn’t it?! I think your summary of it is a really good way to categorize it into the good, bad and ugly — it can be hard to look at it like that sometimes but I think it can be where we learn most about ourselves. I’m sorry to hear that your chronic illness has progressed in a way that you had not anticipated and that it’s causing you to feel a loss — nothing I can say will be anything close to helpful but I wish you newfound ways of coping, some unexpected positives about living with your illness and that you continue to find new things to enjoy. Here’s to 2021!

  5. Happy birthday Lisa! So sorry to hear about your health, but I hope that things will get better on that front, and that the year ahead is a good one. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Happy Birthday! ♥ I wish you to stay strong and healthy!
    There are things we can’t change, but we can accept them and go further!

  7. So sorry to hear that you are struggling with a chronic illness. Despite the many losses in your life, I really admire your strength as you go through this challenging situation. Stay strong and Stay safe!

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