Posted by: sistermom1 | October 14, 2010

My Birthday

I am having a very happy birthday — one that is very different than what I have been used to having, but a great birthday.  I had a total of 35 HB postings on my Facebook wall — including from a family member I do not see often – exciting.  It was very special to see a message from that person.

I have always thought any birthday was a very special event.  And MY birthday is something that in the past I have celebrated for the entire month.  I have also celebrated my birthday on a few big trips, including Miraval Resort one year which was amazing — you should definitely go – it is so worth it. (www.miravalresorts.com)

This past year has been a very challenging one.   My kids starting middle school and high school, my working to become an empowered patient, my latest exacerbation and follow-up activities (read an earlier blog entry for details) have all left me pretty exhausted.  Add this to the general fatigue that comes with my experience of MS, and I come to this birthday fairly spent.

I appreciate even having a birthday, being able to enjoy my friends –who took me out for margaritas earlier this week! — and my wonderful family (we ate my favorite cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory tonight!).  I also deeply appreciate having the ability to enjoy another day (even if I am not able to walk on my own yet).  Appreciation is something that I have taken for granted over most of my life.  I have been able to assume that all things would work out the way I wanted them to work – mostly because that is what has happened.  This illness has led me to think more seriously about how I live my daily life, what kind of person I am, and how I face my challenges.  As usual, I read something very encouraging tonight…

“To be defeated by suffering and filled with complaint is to be shackled by our karma.  It is when we squarely face our suffering  that we can transform it into our mission.  Everything depends on our determination.”

As I mark another year, I remain determined to win in this struggle.  The experience of having MS is one I never expected to have, but I am beginning to see some of  the value in this particular pathway.  I am learning so much — about myself as well as other people in my life, about this life that I have been blessed to have, and about how important my general attitude really is.  I continue to move forward — and end with something I heard from one of my guilty pleasures – Hoda and Kathie Lee.  Hoda shared something that a stranger said to her during her experience with breast cancer — “Don’t hog your journey” — meaning, there are many people who can be helped if you share your experience.  Here’s hoping that my blog helps someone struggling with a health issue — or anything else that rocks their foundation to the core!

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Responses

  1. Love you Sistagyrrl

    Call me sometime — because life will never not be hectic!

    Love ya
    Janet


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