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I survived. This year has held adventure as well as a lot of loss and hardships.

  • TONS of physical therapy.
  • I was diagnosed with EDS, MCAS, CCI, hyperPOTS, and a few other things.
  • I went to California to visit wonderful friends and see Paul McCartney (!), my musical idol for decades.
  • I discovered two cysts in my wrists that needed surgery.
  • I visited my brother and family in Florida to welcome them there and celebrate my sister n laws birthday.
  • I took many walks in the wissahickon with my dog and celebrated the beauty of nature, stillness, water, and trees.
  • We discovered we needed masons to complete a very expensive chimney rebuild.
  • We also discovered we needed an expensive gutter replacement.
  • We found a new church congregation with some amazing people.
  • My hip stopped working. I had a torn labrum with cysts, a partial dislocation, and free floating cartilage. I got my 2nd surgery of this year.
  • My 6 year old needed doctor appts for migraines, anxiety, ADHD, and sleep apnea.
  • I learned to ask for help.
  • I applied for disability.
  • I started online courses for my School Nurse Certification.
  • We visited my 92 year old grandma.
  • My parents drove me back to Philly on 12/16 after recovering from hip surgery. It would be the last time I would see my dad.
  • My dad died unexpectedly 4 days before Christmas 💔
  • My husband and I still made Christmas happen for my 3 and 6 year old while planning a trip for my dads funeral.
  • I spent hours on end on New Years Eve with my siblings going through paperwork and getting affairs in order. Everyone developed a fever between 101-104 which we found out today is the flu 🤘🏻

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This year may have been one of the most challenging of my life. I have hopes for 2020 easing up a bit. Enough for us all to come up for air. I’m sincerely so happy if this year was kind to you. But if it wasn’t, know you’re not alone. I see you. We’re there too. And we’re holding out a piece of hope for next year for all of us ♥️

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