Yes the day has arrived….2013 is ending. For many this year has brought pain, grief, and heartache. For others the year has brought some of the best moments of their lives….happiness, joy, and new life. Whatever 2013 has brought you….I do hope that moving to 2014 will bring many happy blessings, and many more moments to grow closer to the friends and loved ones who carry you through.
I know 2013 has brought many ups and downs, I have realized friends were not true close caring friends…and I have come to see how harsh this world can truly be. I have seen pain that I never want to see again, I have lost loved ones, and I stand here waving good bye to 2013 as a more mature adult. I see that I can do many things, I see that I have determination, hope, faith, and love. I came to a realization that Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and everything else does not define me….I define them!
2013, you have grown me and I am thankful for that growth. I look forward to 2104 as it is one year closer to my dreams….it is one year closer to the uncertainty of the future. I pray that 2014 is better for us!
I pray that 2014 brings us one step closer to a cure for the degenerative autoimmune diseases that take our bodies away from us.
I hope and pray that your relationships with your friends, loved ones, and true supporters deepen. I pray that this time next year, you have developed those sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, spouses, and partners that will help carry you through the toughest of days.
I believe that we will do many great things in 2014, we will overcome barriers to show the world that we can do great things despite our invisible pain.
Hold on! Believe it! And thank you most of all for all those who find these words of any encouragement. I have been honored to be part of your life in 2013….I hope you join me for the journey in 2014!
Happy New Year!