Wednesday, December 21, 2005

December 21st, 2005 - Reflection

Once again – a Holiday email! Maybe next year I’ll work on those Christmas cards if I'm not so lazy.

After a long year, I find myself reflecting on what matters most in this world. This year my MS tested me to its full potential. I was under the weather for most of the year up until September aside from a few weeks at the end of March through mid April. I fought everyday to keep my head afloat and showed up to a job every day that I hated only to find that I was given a generous severance package after asking for a cost of living increase after almost 5 years. I waited a long time for more work opportunity and a little bit more money. I saw neither. I was blessed enough to start my preventative treatments for my MS, take some paid time off (two months) and land a job that lets me run with scissors. All of it coincided and let me find balances in my finances, fights with stress, create and continue building my online journal about my MS, deal with my therapy side effects, and find myself. I am very grateful for those who helped me along the way find out who I am in my journey this year. I have met many wonderful people through this blog and to those of you who battle with me, we will win the fight. We are wonderful people and some of you are the best friends I've never met. This has been one of the hardest years of my life. Without the support of everyone, online, in spirit, and in person, life may have been a little less tolerable. I am getting back into the swing of everyday life, being healthy once again, and just loving day to day the things that come my way. I couldn’t be happier.

I am taking the time today to let everyone know I have landed back in Michelleville and it's a great place to be in. I've been away for awhile. I ask that each of you reflect on the important things in life. Stop. Breathe. Be thankful. Enjoy your Holidays and know that I am thankful for each and everyone of you to have blessed my life in some way and helped me fight the battle one day at a time. You are all very much loved.

Happy Holidays and safe travels to each of you...



mdmhvonpa said...

Actually, not such a bad year after all, eh?

Michelle said...

Definately not. A very tough cookie in retrospect, but lots to savor.

amanda said...

Michelle You are truly inspiratinal to me!!! All of the fellow bloggers really are a great support group.

We just have to keep on going and like you said stop breath and be thankful for what we ahve instead of being upset for what we don't !!!

Happy Holidays to you!!!

mouse said...

Kind of reminds me of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life"! Merry Christmas Michelle.

Michelle said...

Happy Christamahanukawanzadon to each of you!

Eriksgirl said...


You have such great perspective and insight. I hope you have a wonderful 2006 full of blessings!


Stephen said...

An addition to your motto, which I adopted when my daughter got a heart transplant, and which I've held on to in my own journey with MS - life is uncertain, eat dessert first!