Around this time of year many of us find ourselves reflecting on the year that’s past. For me 2013 was a big year. It was a year when the unexpected happened. 2013 was the year that saved my life.
As many of you already know, I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer earlier this year. I was never hugely religious, but I strongly believe someone up there was looking out for me as my cancer was beginning to turn into a nasty piece of work, but they caught it just in time.
While things are going to be ok, I have a little bit more to go through. After Christmas I am starting treatment to make sure this dirty little fecker is all gone. In many ways I am lucky as I don’t have to have chemo but instead a little thing called radioactive iodine. It’s no walk in the park but I know once this is finished, within a few months I can get back to my life again. I miss work. I miss my friends and I miss feeling well. I’m sick of being sick.
|hot stuff in my compression socks|
While nobody wants to get cancer, it has completely changed my life for the better. I see things differently now. I was someone who was prone to dark days but cancer has given me a chance to take a step back from life and look at all the good things that are all around me. A chance to not worry about the pile of washing in the basket or how I am going to find money for this, that or the other. The washing will get washed and the money will come from somewhere. It’s friends, family and a the little things that count.
Don’t get me wrong, dark days can creep in. You wonder where you are going to find strength to get through operations, sickness, and treatment, but you find the strength from somewhere. You push on, keep your head up and don’t let the darkness sneak in. You laugh at the small things, cry when you need to but you get through it one day at a time.
So why am I telling you all this. Well, I wanted to say thank you. I have drawn such strength from the beauty blogging community and from peoples comments on my blog and Facebook page. From the outside you would think that the beauty blogging community is a closed shop. That beauty bloggers would be snotty cows, but this view could not be further from the truth. I have never come across and more friendly and caring group. People that knew about my situation have contacted me on a regular basis to see how I was, Invited me to events to keep my spirits up and cheered me up on days when I stayed in my pjs and hid under the blanket. Many of you are going through your own hard times, but still you have offered your support and friendship. For this I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys have been a huge part in helping me work through a dodgy stage in my life.
Starting this blog is one of the best things I have ever done. I might not be the most eloquent writer and I know I am very opinionated but I love doing this. I am signing off for the rest of 2013 as I want to spend time with my family and boyfriend. They have been my rock. The people who wiped my tears and bought me ice cream and I want to spend every second of Christmas with them .I hope that in 2014 I will see continued success with The Beautiful Truth but most of all that my friendships with my new blogger friends grows .