2012: Year in Review

by julie on December 27, 2012

2012 was an exciting year – I realized some big dreams including:
1. Publishing my memoir!
2. Giving 12 narcolepsy presentations across the country – from California to Cleveland; from Florida to Boston.
3. Launching my video series.
4. Running Mt Washington Road Race in honor of my father & raising $3,000 for narcolepsy research.
5.  Organizing the FDA initiative for narcolepsy.
6. Sharing my story with Discovery Channel.
7. Publishing popular Sleep’s Choice essay.

2012 was also a year of “digging deep” and lessons learned, such as:
1. Grief is not a symmetrical process – the waves will ebb and flow. Hold tight for the ride.
2. When you’re at a loss for words, saying, “I don’t know what to say,” is sometimes the best thing you can say.
3. Love and support may not always come from the people we hoped/expected, but new sources of love and support are out there.  

In 2013, I aim to:
1. Aggressively pursue happiness and laughter – to balance the challenges of chronic illness.
2. Foster healthy eating habits. 

Thank you to my friends, family and blog followers. Your support, generosity, and kindness helped me through the most challenging year of my life. I am forever grateful. 

Wishing everyone a sparkling new year. Here’s to big dreams and fresh starts!

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Lawrence December 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

In some ways I’m looking to improving my eating habits, in part because I can no longer snack continuously between supper and bedtime. And, in turn not handle skipping breakfast in the morning like I used to (though I was routinely missing lunch during the few months that I was on Dex 🙂

Also need to work on having an adequate breakfast that doesn’t result in me arriving just as late to work as before …

And, I think my suppers should expand too…no more I’m home from work and all I want to do is sleep, so I’ll just have a bowl of cereal or a peanut butter sandwich before I crash.

Sadly that means I can’t put off replacing the range any longer….which has been down to just two working elements for a long time now (only miss the oven when I have something big [I was home this year for thanksgiving, but couldn’t have a turkey], and I might want to get back into baking again.) But, day before I left for holidays…one of two remaining elements started giving me trouble.

Of course, its the only appliance that was old (and abused) from when the property was apartments, that wasn’t replaced when it was remodeled into condos or since I’ve owned this condo….not including HW/AC/F….which I should do something about soon too 🙁

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