“How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet”
― Robert Browning
While waiting in expectation for all that 2015 holds, I have been making the most of reflecting on all that I’m thankful for in 2014. It’s incredible how you start with a couple of things and the rest just starts rolling forth!
While doing this I’ve realised despite all the challenges 2014 brought (lets be honest at many points it was crap!), there were many doors that were closed which I’m now grateful for. I feel incredibly blessed with the experiences I’ve had through both events and day-to-day life. Most of all I’m thankful for the incredible people in my life: family, friends, and all the new people I’ve had the privilege of getting to know this past year. My life is rich indeed!
I was also reminded of what an incredibly hard time Christmas time is for soooo many, especially as we celebrated the life of some friends’ amazing mum, who recently passed away of cancer. I was made even more aware of this with the recent crash of the Asia air QZ8501. We are so blessed (however that looks) and really should appreciate every moment of every day.
I challenge you to also grab a cuppa and reflect on what you’re thankful for in this past year, despite all the challenges and disappointments you may have experienced – YOU WILL BE SURPRISED!
“Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.”
― Catherine of Siena
As 2014 wound down with no more news I decided to just enjoy Christmas and see what the new year brings.
During the crazy busy month of December, I once again had to go on another course of oral steroids to holt the MS worsening even further during this hot period (especially after the recent damage caused by the last relapse). Summer is the most challenging season for me physically, however I choose (even on the REALLY sucky hard days which there are a lot of) with the Lords strength, to endure.
We are now waiting on the Ministry of Health to receive the supporting information regarding my case – the incredible effects the trial is already having and how the stem cell transplant would benefit me. We are confident that once this happens it will only be a matter of weeks if not days before I go to Sydney and begin the next exciting yet challenging chapter before me.
2015 A NEW YEAR, A NEW PAGE, A NEW HOPE – Bring it on!!!
While I continue to struggle with the heat I am choosing to hold onto the hope that lies before me. Though Sydney will be tough I am REALLY grateful for the doors that have opened up so far, and am looking forward to the MS being stopped and any improvements I experience. I am so excited for the opportunities 2015 holds. Although it feels like a bit of a blank canvas, it is one I am dreaming about how to once again paint.
Psalm 121 v 1-2
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.