2017 in Review

2017 in Review

To say 2017 was a struggle for a lot of people would be the understatement of the century. It seems everywhere I look people are counting down the minutes until the year is over and they get a fresh start. In the grand scheme of things though, 2017 for me wasn’t that terrible. Like every year it had it’s ups and downs, but in the end I feel like I’ve moved forward from where I was this time last year, and that’s all really anyone can ask for.

At the beginning of last year I was in a bit of a mess. I was working at a job I hated and was struggling for my health every single day. I was stuck in an environment where my illness was not just belittled, but full on ridiculed. Anyone who’s been in this situation knows your self worth definitely takes a toll, and mine sure did. I wasn’t happy and I felt like there was nothing I could do to change it.

To make matters worse my medical team locally through in the towel. At my last appointment with our local rheumatologist he suggested I take a 30 day vacation to a warm climate (because that’s both practical and feasible.) I then had a dermatologist who promised me answers tell me my case was just too difficult, and with our provinces current limited resources, her hands were tied. My GP suggested the Mayo Clinic which was going to cost my family too much, and didn’t seem like a sure enough bet. My symptoms were getting worse by the day and again I felt trapped.

But it turns out these two things were just what I needed to get my butt into gear. I guess I’ve always been someone who works well under pressure. I immediately found a new job. I’m now working for people I respect and adore, and the bonus is, the reduced hours are so much easier on my health.

This small reduction in working hours gave me just enough spare time to begin doing my own research. I scoured in the internet for every medical blog, expert, and journal I could find that remotely matched my symptoms. At one point I was even contacting medical schools across the country. Guess what? Those outside of my immediate area were more than happy to help. I started taking their research back to my GP and we began the slow process of elimination together. Finally I had my fight back.

Then in the spring, after a late night email to CanLyme I ended up on my journey to recovery and I haven’t looked back since. I immediately noticed a reduction in symptoms and was even able to enjoy a family vacation which had been previously cancelled not once, but twice, due to my health. It was on this vacation that I sucked up my pride and relied on a wheel chair for the first time. Because of this I actually got to enjoy every minute without worrying about saving spoonfuls of energy for later in the day. I think I smiled more that week than I ever have.

In the fall I welcomed my second pup to our family, and he has since become my right hand man. The amount of joy two little dogs can bring, not only to me, but my family, never ceases to amaze me, and I thank god every day I have them.

Then this winter I started this little blog. It has quickly become my outlet and connection to the outside world. Chronic illness can be so isolating, but for the first time in forever, I feel like I have an entire team of well wishers and for that I am eternally grateful!

So there you have it, my year in review! Sure, I’ve had more exciting years in the past, but I don’t know that I can say that I’ve ever experienced as much growth as I have this year.

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, and healthy New Years! Thank you so much for reading! Bring on 2018!

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26 Comments

  1. January 1, 2018 / 12:55 am

    I’m happy for you. Truly I am. The fact that you found a job (that makes you happy and not be burned is already a blessing) and you’re on your way to recovery. That’s great to hear. Hope you continue to have more wonderful (and healthier) days in your life.

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:24 pm

      Thanks! Happy New Year to you!

  2. Vanessa Costa
    January 1, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    I’m happy for you, I hope this year to be better to you and I wish all the greatest things in the world to you!

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Same to you!

  3. January 1, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    I am so glad you had the courage to leave a job that was not making you happy and have now found your calling with people that appreciate your hard work. I was in a similar situation earlier this year and was also working in jobs where I was unhappy and felt underappreciated so in August I decided enough was enough and quit my job to blog full time. It was the best decision I could have ever made and now I feel much happier! Here is to an amazing 2018 x

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Glad to hear it (and a little envious) lol. Happy New Year!

  4. January 2, 2018 / 12:42 am

    So glad to hear you are getting answers and are on the road to recovery. I know Lyme is such a difficult thing to deal with. Thank you for sharing your journey!

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Thank you for reading!

  5. January 2, 2018 / 10:46 am

    My 2017 started and ended great but in between was… disappointments.

    May 2018 bring you new hopes and new goals!

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      Sorry to hear that! All the best in 2018!

  6. January 2, 2018 / 10:49 am

    So glad you are on the road to recovery. It’s not fun starting the new year in a rut.

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

  7. January 2, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    I am so happy for you that you found the right path for you to heal yourself and the environment that surrounded you, sound like quitting your job actually made you get better which is amazing fact, I wish you all the best for the upcoming year

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      Same to you, thanks for reading!

  8. January 2, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    As a matter of fact, besides a little downer in summer – that I more or less caused myself – my year was great and my resolution for this year is to keep on being happy.
    But actually that’s not what matters here: I’m sorry that last year was such a drag for you. I hope this one will be much better to you. Stay strong and healthy! All the best for 2018 💖

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:21 pm

      Same to you! Thanks for reading!

  9. January 3, 2018 / 1:43 am

    Your 2017 was a challenging year for you. I hope you’ll continue to do well. Also, a dog in the family is truly a blessing! They heal our hearts and soul. Happy New Year!

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:21 pm

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  10. Rara
    January 3, 2018 / 4:25 am

    I too hope you have a wonderful, happy, and healthy New Year!
    I’m happy you were able to get the courage to find a new job – with the people you respect and adore.
    “I think I smiled more that week than I ever have” – I love this statement, it is sign of you being happier. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you for reading!

  11. January 3, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Im so sorry that you had such a tough time of it, I too have had health issues and I know it’s hard going. I hope that 2018 brings you health and happiness.

    • admin
      January 3, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      Sorry to hear that, same to you!

  12. January 4, 2018 / 12:04 am

    There are really a lot of things and event that happened last year that makes us happy and some makes us not so happy yet gave us another learning experience. I happen to welcome to furkids at home and I can relate to what you say how much joy they brought to us. We consider them our responsibility and commitment until the coming years.

  13. January 5, 2018 / 9:56 am

    I am so happy for you!! Finding a job that you love is an amazing thing!! I’m glad you feel better and hope you have an amazing 2018!1

  14. Yvonne Santos
    January 5, 2018 / 10:09 am

    I’m so glad that you still keep on fighting despite of all the things that you’ve been to. I also experienced being stock in a workplace that I don’t really like.

  15. Razena
    January 5, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better and that you have found a job that accommodates your condition. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for the past 10 years and the worst thing was suffering through protocol after protocol with no improvement in symptoms. It is difficult for others to understand the extent of suffering that we endure and this makes life exceedingly difficult.