We closed the door on another year and suffice to say, 2011 was momentous.
Much of our lives were played out here in the blog. Open, raw, humorous and honest, I shared a lot.
72 posts were published in 2011 bringing the count of archive posts to 255. 255 posts taken from a Word document, backed up twice a day, that houses all of my personal and public writing about our journey. A journey spelled out thus far in nearly 90,000 words and over 300 pages.
I’ve spent a lot of time writing these past few years.
I was a nearly anonymous patient and writer three years ago. I started typing one day and never stopped. Writing has brought peace, clarity and joy. It has brought tears, laughter, free therapy and has ultimately served as an instrument from where I’ve found balance.
I didn’t expect you all to read. Nor did I think anyone would take notice or interest in our journey, struggle, acceptance and embrace of my brain tumor. I didn’t expect that so many of you would reach out to me. I didn’t expect that what I shared here would speak to so many of you in so many different ways.
I didn’t expect that what I had to say or how I felt would matter to so many of you.
I wrote and you read. Thank you for your comments, for your support and for walking with us. It has been extraordinary.
I’m no longer that anonymous patient. We held our breath, opened up our lives to cameras and microphones and we shared. We honestly shared with the world what our journey has been like, how our lives have changed and why for so many reasons, my brain tumor has been one of our greatest blessings.
In doing so, 2011 marked a moment when my life, Paul’s life and the lives of my children became public domain. It has been a wild ride.
As we begin 2012, I look to the year ahead with my arms out. No longer adopting resolutions or writing epic bucket lists, I choose instead to meet each new year with hopes and dreams. I now take life one day and moment at a time. Our life and our years are best savored, appreciated and lived just like that. One at a time.
I look forward to another year of capturing the ebb and flow of our emotional roller coaster and so much of what encompasses our life with that piece of shit tumor in words and photos.
I hope the transparency of our journey matters to you as much as it does to me.
As the sun rose this morning beckoning a new year, I inhaled deeply and greeted it with a simple wish. A wish for a year filled with as much or more laughter, chaos, happiness and continued brain tumor stability. A simple New Year wish.
May 2012 be filled with as much laughter as we closed 2011 with.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jennifer––it led me right back to your incredible one, which has been the highlight of my day. Thanks for serving the reminder that every moment matters, that every day is a gift––for all of us. Best wishes on it all! Take care, Stew
Thanks Stew! I loved your post that KJ shared on FB. I look forward following your blog and laughed out loud last night! Cheers to you and have a great day!
You are a gem and I am blessed by having you come into my life! There is nothing about you I do not adore, including your precious children! Hugs and wishes for continued blessings. Cheers to the wonderment you are. You have certainly expanded my vision and outlook on life. xoxo
Thank you Laura. I am likewise blessed to have you in our lives as well. Happy New Year!
You are a beautiful person Jen…both inside and out. Looking forward to seeing you in 2012.
Thank you Leigh and Happy New Year to you all! Hopefully we can connect soon.
To a year of love and laughter!!! We all need to enjoy every minute! Happy 2012!
Happy New Year Jen! I love to read your writings. You are inspirational to say the least.
Thanks Amy! All the best in 2012.
May we all have a happy, HEALTHY New Year! I think of you often and praise you for your courageous to carry on every day! I was six months seizure free on December 30, 2011. This is a great way to start the new year. I’m looking forward to starting to drive again, once I get a new or newer set of wheels. A very exciting way to start the NEW YEAR!!! My prayers and thoughts are always with you!
Carrie, So happy to hear you are enjoying stability and I think of you often. Prayers are with you too. Hope you enjoy your new wheels and all that 2012 has to offer.