I have never been more excited for a new year in my life.
I had a vocal cord injection done on 12/17 giving me my voice back for, at least, the next 4 months. The doctor actually thinks that by the time the Radiesse gel is gone that my voice will have returned on it's own...permanently. That was the greatest Christmas gift I could ever receive...nothing will ever top that. Then after the injection was over and I was on my way back home I got a call from my surgeon's nurse telling me that my blood work results had come in. In the 6 weeks since my surgery, my Tg (thyroglobulin, tumor marker) had dropped almost 9 points, from 11.8 to 3. It should be less than 2, but I will take that significant of a drop to mean that I'm cancer free! What an amazing way to close out one crazy, stressful, terrible year and to start a new and expectantly better one.
I've always loved the New Year holiday but not for the parties or the champagne, the fireworks or the stroke of midnight kiss (though that part is nice ;)). I love the idea of getting to start over fresh and make changes that you've been putting off making or doing things that you've been putting off doing. The last year of my life I've spent waiting...waiting for tests, waiting for test results, waiting for surgeries, waiting for healing from those surgeries, waiting for more tests and test results. I'm so incredibly tired of waiting, that's no way to live life. I'm not waiting anymore. I'm going after the things I truly want out of life.
I have resolutions but I don't like putting the time limit on them...if you don't accomplish them in a year then you've failed. Most changes in life aren't overnight changes, they take time. Some of them take a lifetime. But in the spirit of the New Year and deciding not to wait anymore...my resolutions are:
- To get healthier: meaning, exercising, drinking more water,eating less processed foods and if while I'm doing that I lose weight then that's a bonus.
- Taking a real vacation with my husband: without additional family...lol, I love them but we see them all the time as it is.
- Become a mother: haha, not sure I can really make that a resolution but that's what I want more than anything so it's on the list of things I'm no longer waiting to attempt to achieve.
- Going to try-out for American Idol or America's Got Talent: I want to be a singer. That's what I've always wanted to do with my life. Losing my voice made me appreciate it that much more and as soon as it's strong enough I'm taking a leap of faith and doing what I can to achieve that dream.
Goodbye 2010, I'd like to say it's been good, fun...but it hasn't and I'm so glad to see you go.
Hello 2011, I'm so glad you're here. I have very high expectations for you and I'm pretty confident you won't let me down.
Happy New Year everyone!