Reflections on 2016

United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden

This past year has been difficult. I was hospitalized twice, had c diff, had a colonoscopy, tried multiple new medications, and was on prednisone most of the year. I canceled a trip to attend my ten-year college reunion. And that’s just the hard stuff I went through; it doesn’t include all of the terrible things happening in the world and to others around me.

But there have also been good things. I went on some great trips with my mom and my sister, and for the first time in a long time traveled without constantly worrying where the nearest bathroom is. I started this blog and a support group. I have been off of prednisone for over a month and Entyvio seems to be working. I am feeling a lot better than I was a year ago (when I was in the midst of a flare and had c diff without realizing it).

Most importantly, I am surrounded by amazing friends and family who helped me through all of it, and I realized just how strong I am.

Of course, not long after I wrote this post committing to posting weekly again, life got in the way and I stopped posting altogether. So I’m not going to make any promises for 2017. I’m not making any resolutions. I’m just going to try to keep writing, to keep learning, and to live my life as best I can.

Happy New Year!