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.
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.
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.
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?