My blog is a way for me to share in the wonder of each day. I know there are others like me that due to medical issues have our days numbered and would like to make the most of them in a positive and gifting way for ourselves and for those around us.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

1 year later

One year after I was given the news that my medical condition was such that without intervention I had less than 20% chance of surviving 2 years. Fortunately for me, due to the miracle of medical discoveries and medication and family prayers, I am still here and feeling better physically than I did at the time of my diagnosis.

The first 6 months were the worst as I felt very low both physically and spiritually. My emotions were all over the place, but I was determined to be positive even though the end might be near. I began the process of gathering all of the financial and personal information that might be needed later on and I started flagging items or giving items away to those I wanted to have them. I began throwing away or donating many other things so that my family wouldn't have so much to wade through later on. Much of this took months to do since my physical condition limited my strength and ability to get about.
Just about the time I truly came to terms with my situation and started actually feeling positive I began to feel better with the new medication they had me on (one of 14 types). I decided that for however long I could still go on living and looking for the good in each day.
Now, I am feeling much better both physically and emotionally. I am still living each day with the knowledge that at anytime things can turn for the worse and I might be looking at or experiencing my end times. But, until that time, there is no reason to sit around worrying about it when I can eagerly look forward to time with my grandkids and other family and friends. I have finally, this last year, picked up painting which I have wanted to do since highschool. I am trying to paint a picture for each of my siblings and parents and special friends. I will continue until I can't and hopefully I will accomplish something in giving some part of me to others.
I will try to write in my blog some of the things that I face and feel and hopefully it will be of some use for someone else or maybe it will open the door for someone else to share their situation and feelings.
For today, that's all folks. :)


It's All Good! said...

Hi Reva, Yay, your first post! That's cool! I think you'll enjoy blogging...I think it's a more 'mature' avenue to journaling than My Space. I'll help with as much as I know. It's been trial and error for me. I just learned yesterday how to change my header. I was frustrated to say the least.

I'll em you! Love you, sis!

linda said...

Reva, welcome to the wonderful world of blogging...I came by your site via your sisters. I've only been blogging for a few months so I'm pretty new at it too.

Your painting is beautiful and so special that you want to paint a picture for each of your family members...what a keepsake that will be for them.

Glad you are feeling better these days with your new medication. If you don't mind, I'll stop back by to check on you from time to time.

Take care and talk to you soon!

Jan said...

Welcome to the blog world Reva. It will be a wonderful place for you to share. I like your painting and am glad that things are on the up and up. I like your name of your blog too. Take Care.

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Hi Reva,
Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. I agree with Brenda, much more mature way than My Space and you will meet the most incredible women. God is so good and without him, I am nothing. Please stop by for a visit sometime.


Mike Golch said...

Hi Reva,you sister said that you are new to blogging,welcome to the "neighborhood".

Counting Your Blessings said...

So thrilled to be here from the very first post! Looking forward to getting to know you, rejoicing with you and praying with you. You're brave in putting yourself out there like this but someone may need what you have to say. Blessings... Polly

Betty said...

Hi Reva,

Your sister, Brenda, introduced you to me. So, I thought I would stop by and say "hi" to you. I am so sorry you are in poor health, and I will be praying for you.