This time last year I was wrapping my head around a diagnosis I had never heard of. It was June 1, 2011, when a rheumatologist told me I had ankylosing spondylitis. He said there was no cure, but that they could treat me with a new biological medication that would slow the disease down. Unfortunately the medication would kill my immune system and put me at higher risk for other diseases. Talk about a rock and a hard place. This time last year I could barely lift my baby or get a bowl off the top shelf without some sort of steroid. The future seemed so uncertain.
And yet - the future comes. Time never stands still, it passes - one way or the other.
Amazing what can happen in one year. This June 1st, 2012, I was on an airplane heading to Los Angeles - on my way to grow my business, share health and hope, and celebrate possibilities. I should mention that I have been able to decrease my medication (with the goal of completely eliminating it) and have boosted my immune system and overall health naturally.
It was no accident. It was a year of choices, from what I put in my mouth to what I allowed in my heart. It was a year of saying "we'll get through this" even when it didn't feel like it. A year of holding tight to all that mattered and letting go of everything that didn't. And today, the choices continue.
Where do you want to be one year from now? Five years from now? Are you making decisions to get there or are you just hoping things will change on their own? I'd like to encourage you and say that even as the years pass - our health can get better, our marriages - stronger, our dreams - brighter. Life, with all its ups and downs, is such an amazing gift. Decide where you want to go then take a step in that direction. You won't regret it.