It's realistic to say that 2012 is going to be a year tougher then the rest. At least that's the facts. But in my mind this year should be a piece of cake compared to what I've been through. I think it's important for everyone who has been suffering with a health related issue to remember one thing. Treatment of any kind is never "easy." If it was easy then we wouldn't need so many doctors & hospitals around. However, what isn't easy is the pain caused by any disease. I have an extremely high pain tolerance & when I break down its when my family knows something really is terribly wrong. I've gone through many ER visits, many long nights with phone calls to my mom crying. If anything, I would say the discomfort of the past years in 2000 is the real pain. 2012 might be hard at times, but it's got nothing on me! It's all uphill from here. The days will only get better, the reward of a normal life will only taste sweeter. I plan to mark each day of treatment off my calendar & once a month write down something great that happened to me. Whether it was an improvement I saw, a new skill I learned (I'm learning to sew), or just something new I became thankful for. That way I can look back & see growth and try to top my "monthly achievement."
We all take for granted the simple joys of life we get so freely. I've already seen what beautiful days spent indoors with a 2 day migraine feels like, so I've learned to step outside on a good day & take a deep breath thanking god I could take it all in. I've felt the heartache of a friendship vanish before my eyes, so I cherish and adore my amazing friends I have now 100 times more. So instead of having a "resolution" that's momentary, or something that you say you should have done long ago, be proactive instead of reactive. Simply count your blessings & write down your achievements on set increments. That way you don't have to say "oh I wish I would have enjoyed that while I had it." You will already know what to be grateful for & I think you will find you are much luckier then you think :)