-my stepfather's near heart attack followed by quadruple bypass surgery
-my Mom's continuing decline culminating in a broken arm, broken leg and finally admission to palliative care
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, we can remember the many happy events of the past year.
-Holy crap! I was in a karaoke contest!
-my step-father made a full and speedy recovery from his quadruple bypass surgery
-I had the opportunity to take 3 months off work to spend with my Mom, sharing her journey with cancer and in the process growing a strong bond with my nieces
-my Mom's story helped raise money for a palliative care home in Huntsville, finally making it a reality
-I celebrated Christmas with my whole family, including our new puppy, Neo
In spite of all the adversity I've faced this past year, I am ultimately incredibly lucky; lucky to have wonderful friends and family, a good job, a loving and supportive partner, an affectionate (if not a little crazy) cat, and a strong and miraculous mother who continues to amaze us every day. I can't linger on the negative--I choose to embrace the positive and look forward to the new wonders and joys I will face in the new year. The challenges I face will undoubtedly compare to or even surpass what I've already seen, but I know now that out of negatives come positives that make the negatives seem worth it in the end. So I will go forward, happy in the knowledge that my journey is far from over and holds surprises beyond imagination.