A "ChristMS" letter
It’s that time of year that many of us send out Christmas epistles, updating friends and family on the events and adventures of the prior 12 months (plus allowing every parent an opportunity to showcase cute photos of our adorable offspring). In this post, I include my own personal twist on this undertaking, a “ChristMS” letter if you will - a message I’ve sent out to my friends expressing thanks and gratitude for their support over the year.
Dear friends, family and my loyal blog readers
As many of you are now aware, the past few years have been quite eventful for us. Particularly and most distressingly on the medical front.
It was an epic journey for me to end up with a diagnosis of MS. Lots of doctor’s visits, lots of tests, lots of uncertainty. Weeks went by, which turned into months, but you all remained present.
It is difficult to even begin to express our gratitude for everything you have done for me and my family. From the time things started falling to pieces, you have all been incredibly supportive.
You often weren’t fully in the loop of all that was going on. Neither were we for that matter. Nonetheless you offered assistance in whatever way you could. From that Christmas Day two years ago, when I began a free fall into what would become a seemingly endless onslaught of specialist appointments. Fifteen months later, landing on the solid ground of a definite diagnosis. Right through to the present day, where living with MS has become simply part of my everyday existence. "MSchief Managed" if you will.
Your generosity and support has been and continues to be very much appreciated.
Balancing these frustrating times have been several positive developments in the work arena (because a diagnosis like MS delivers one almighty wake-up call). Again, we are oh-so-grateful for the multitude of ways you have supported our family.
It never ceases to amaze us your willingness to lend a hand, a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. This is particularly welcome given the extra chaos and uncertainly that comes as part of the territory of negotiating life with a chronic disease.
Perhaps more so this year than others, we’ve certainly felt the sense of being outnumbered by our brood of Flaimlings. It can be safely said that, whereas once our little ones would treat us with a measure of deference for being older and wiser, this is certainly no longer the case!
On many days, it is only due to their winning smiles that they narrowly avoid getting collectively voted off the Flaim island. But along with the increased craziness of life this year, we have been blessed with some truly wonderful experiences, not least of all the many lovely occasions we have shared with you all.
Despite all this (and we really don’t know how we managed it), we appear to have survived the year with a modicum of grace. We are optimistic that 2016 will be smoother sailing still. Best of all, it may allow us to recoup some fragments of free time and preserve the remaining vestiges of sanity.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016!
Sarah (on behalf of the whole Flaim Family)
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