As each year begins to wind down, I can't help but reflect on those things that are different from the year prior.
And each year, there are things that may have caused me tremendous pain and others that might have brought me an abundance of happiness.
This year, the scale is balanced. There has been deep sorrow and there has been exuberance.
It is because of the relationships I have developed over these past twelve months with so many of you, that I am still standing after being slammed just days into 2013. The year began with my mom's diagnosis of metastatic disease. Happily, it is ending with scans confirming NO PROGRESS.
There have been other things, highly personal things that I've chosen not to share. Some stories are not mine to tell. During times of radio silence and erratic posting, I was getting an education in other forms of advocacy. I was regrouping.
And then, there have been things that still have me shaking my head in disbelief. The invitation to run around NYC with Gilles Marini and have him sign a T-shirt, while it was on my body. The White House visit. Being a part of history as Susan Love and Nancy Brinker took the stage together.
For me, everything about 2013 seems to have taken place on a grand scale. The lows were very low and the highs were equally high.
Thank you all for letting me into your lives. Thank you all for the generous gift of your friendship and your love. There are unwritten comments on many of your blogs. I read them. I learn so much from all of you.
There are comments written here which have no response. I've read them all. Several times.
While I may have been overwhelmed by some of the back stories and by perhaps, taking on a bit too much, nothing has overwhelmed me more than the support you've all so generously shared. You've lifted me up more times than you can possibly know. I am grateful.
I’ve made many new friends this year, and strengthened the friendships with those of you who have been by my side before this year. Yes, I am grateful.
I wish you a holiday that is filled with the love of family and friends and a heart that is filled with joy. I hope 2014 blankets each of you in the warm glow that comes with peace and calm and serenity.
With all my love,
With all my love,
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