We are now in the last few weeks of 2019. Looking back, it was full of ups and downs. But, I must say that it has been amazing. Now that it is coming to a close, I would like to reflect on all the blessings that had come my way. I know this is out of the ordinary, that it is far from my usual articles about patient experience and how to make it better, but a looming end to a year calls for a thorough stocktake of what has happened so that the new one will begin with a reinvigorated sense of purpose. So, bear with me, darlings.
The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.
Neale Donald Walsh
I’m grateful for all that has happened in 2019, notably:
- The support of my loving husband, family and friends throughout the challenging pregnancy. I am eternally grateful for having such a kind and caring husband who literally put everything on hold just to care for me during the most trying phase of our lives. I couldn’t have done it without you. Also to all my family members and friends who came to visit in the hospital and continuously shower me with kind wishes and prayers – I am thankful to have all of you in my life too.
- The amazing team of treating doctors who were determined to get me to full term unharmed. You are an inspirational bunch who saved both my life and my baby’s. I sincerely wish that you will be rewarded for your kindness in this life and the hereafter. Keep up the good work.
- Surviving multiple exacerbations of cardiorespiratory symptoms while being pregnant. I’m so thankful to be able to look back at those dark moments right now and realise what a blessing it is to be healthy and living life to the fullest. To more good days ahead.
- The birth of my long-awaited second child. You are life’s most precious gift. So strong and unshaken by the difficulties that befall us both. An answer to my prayer, the light that shines my dark path. I love you.
- The time I’ve taken to concentrate on my health and well-being. Time heals, and I can avow to that. I have been so privileged to be able to spend all this time putting the focus back on health and recovery.
- The time I’ve spent with my kids – absolutely priceless. Kids are only kids once. I’m glad that we’re able to be so close and make memories. One day we’ll look back on this moment and realise that we have enough when we have each other.
- Reestablished connection with loved ones and close friends. I’ve been able to meet up with old friends, some I’ve not met for over 10 years. It feels good to be able to catch up, reminisce and strengthen the bond that we have.
- The illness recurrence leading to a diagnosis and treatment. Definitely a blessing in disguise. I just have to take a deep breath, pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again like Sinatra said, right?
- Continuation of my postgrad studies. Nothing beats the feeling of gaining new knowledge surrounded by new friends. I want to enjoy this journey as much as I could. Happy to get back into it with a renewed sense of curiosity.
- This blog and its aims and purposes. Where should I even begin? This blog is literally my lifesaver (after my doctors, of course). It has given me the opportunity to utilise my creative talent for a purpose much higher than myself, which kept me going through tough times in the recent past.
Thank you 2019, you’ve been so generous. Time to look forward to 2020.
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