I personally am hoping - no, make that insisting - that 2011 is the start of a great, new year and will be able to look back on it and smile and be happy.
They say that problems come in threes, right? Well, my spine problems began in May 2008 and I had a 3-lvl ACDF in Oct. 2008, in 2009 I got laid off from my favorite job of all time and started having lumbar problems, then my soul mate doggy passed away (my avitar, Merc), but we were blessed to get Wally, my Corgi. Then by the end of 2009, I had tried all conservative measures for my lumbar spine and had to schedule surgery. So, 2010 began with a 1-lvl TLIF at L4/5 early January, lots of months of recovery as we all know, but was golfing (a little, but enough) by June. Then started looking for a job, got my hopes up too many times only to be sunk like the Titanic.
So now, 2011: My niece is coming to visit next week from Ireland, who I haven't seen in 7 years, I believe she's going to bring me the 'Luck 'O the Irish' and get my year started off with a bit of luck. Then, I'll work hard looking for work and will find something I not only can do, but will love, and by December, looking back, I'll be able to say that 2011 was our comeback year.
It's been a long, tough three years for me and my hubby, but with the new year new hopes and dreams start to bloom and I will water, feed and nurture them until they come true. That's my story and I'm sticking with it!
Wishing you all a better year to come and may your dreams and wishes come to life, at least the most important parts of them. We may not be pain-free, but we can make a better life for ourselves and for me, 2011 will be that year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR - HERE'S TO A BETTER ONE THAN THE LAST!
Cheers to all my fellow spineys - *Clink*