I'm sure the football commentators would say 'It's been a funny old year.' and it has. I've had incredible lows with MS causing problems for me in the most unexpected ways but, with the risk of repeating myself, I don't have MS - MS has me. I pity it I really do.
The positives this year have been far in excess of the downsides due to MS. In 2011 I have had 19 pieces published, a mixture of articles, poems and short stories. I already have some accepted for the new year.
I have reconnected with people I haven't spoken to for 20 or so years. One in particular has been a massive help. Thanks Anna! (Shameless plug time: http://www.intheworkspr.co.uk/ )
but even just talking to the people I grew up with has been amazing!
I had a date. So what, you say? It was a massive thing for me - I'm shy around women and although romance hasn't blossomed a bloody good friendship has.
I met my publisher. Quite an achievement as she's from America and we met in York :)
I worked out a way to get up a step I have to deal with regularly. I can now get out of the wheelchair, use it as a walking frame and get up. Again, nothing for most folk but a huge accomplishment for me.
I joined a gym.
2011 was a year of small wins that have made for a giant win for me.
I have been reading a lot of Facebook statuses saying that 2011 was a terrible year and 2012 will be so much better. No it won't. Not unless you do something to make it better. These small victories didn't just happen - there was a lot of pain and tears before I made them happen. Life is good but it's not easy.
I'm looking forward to 2012 and as I've already posted on Facebook - it has a lot to live up to as 2011 was so good and guess that's up to me...
Happy New Year!