Monday, 17 December 2012
2012 Year review!!!!
Its been a crazy old year with lots of highs and lows both personally and medically. Many people have come and gone some i’ve become much closer to this year so here it goes!! So i thought id start with my long suffering medical team just want to say a massive thanks to you all its been a crazy old year and 2013 is set to be another testing year for us all, if i do say so myself! This year i saw my cardiology team for the first time in 2 years it was good to see them and even better to know the old ticker is going strong! My friends what can i say this year you’ve been there for me through the good and bad its been fun!! My beautiful family thank you for everything i wouldn’t have got through this year with out you all. So i just want to make some special shout outs to 3 people who don’t know how much they helped me in late 2011 and early 2012 without you three i doubt id be were i am today, Jo thank you for the confidence building, the chats, the hugs the love when it was needed you are amazing you rock!! Lesley for being so nice every day even if i was scowling “Vicky stare” lol you just had the right words. Hazel for our long chats at night and the advice on the living room!!! You three saw me through a hard time with ra but always had a hug and love when needed. Tracey and Carolyn what can i say? You two have give me a kick a hug and laughed and cried together. Tracey you put up with my grumpy moods lol my happy moods and just let it go with a smile occasionally a kick too!! We have had some fun this year thanks for making 2012 awesome! To some special friends, i don’t really know were to start so many. Katy thank you for being there through the hard times and the fun times, V fest 2012! I know its been a tough year for you too and lets hope 2013 is a better year and bring on Majorca!!! Sam when the going got tough you stood by me i wont forget that. Amber omg i love you girl you have become a rock we talk about everything and anything infact nowt we don’t talk about, lets kick Ra’s butt in 2013! Mary i just can not thank you enough for standing by me so much this year there may be an ocean between us but girl you’ve been there for me like you were in the next town! Of course there have been many others Jo for our long Skype chat and always being there to listen, Maree for being there to talk to all my other rheumatoid friends and other friends! The lads, what can i say you boys keep me on my toes haha! Mike we have some random chats and we love our sweets, you give me solid advice about my medication, your a great guy and an awesome friend. James we may be ex’s but you have been there this year making sure im doing ok and when it got tough you were asking if i was ok meant a lot. Mark, what can i say about mark? You have been a tower of strength and love and gave such amazing advice these past few months. You get the pain and fatigue and always ask if i’m ok and have listened to me yap on about everything and anything! Thank you for everything love you mate. Duncan oh i couldn’t not mention you, its been a mad 6 months! We have talked about everything and anything there isn’t anything we aint talked about no hairs and graces as they say! You supported me through some difficult times and i hope ive been there for you too. Thank you for everything, always here for you no matter what, Love ya mate So now the thanks are over lets start on the year as it happened!! January came i was feeling pretty low as i wasn’t sure what would happen this year i am so lucky to have some amazing people around at that time. I started seeing a new rheumatologist in January and it was fantastic i though he was brilliant and i could work with him would this lead to me being able to trust enough to start medication, time would tell!! February came with snow and a bit of madness oh and of course Mr Olly Murs and the o2 in London what an amazing night with my friend Claire we had an absolute blast and the trip home was fun too, now about landing on our backs on that bus!! My RA flared really badly in February and had me take a few weeks out but hey seeing olly was defiantly worth it!! Then we lead on to march were my RA was feeling a bit better but i knew it was going to have to be handled with care because i had a busy month! First off Disney on ice with my cousin and her little one we had a brilliant day and i loved spending time with them both thanks for a great time! Then me and my cousin got on our jollys to Manchester to see JLS of course!! Haha oh what a night! We sang and danced together, we went back to the bar and JLS were only their, we had a great night few drinks and then off shopping and back home again. April was a quite month for me i rested as i knew i had a crazy few months coming up! Then we come to May, what can i say about may changes were made! First a lovely picini with tracey, my cousin and the girls and family friends! We had lots of fun watching the ducks and on the playground! Then we went off to London to watch X-factor we had a blast me, tracey and Claire! Was a lovely day had by all except the “DAM CYCLIST!” In Traceys words!! With the Uk griped by Olympic fever how could i not mention it, it was amazing watching it on the TV and brought the whole country together as one. I really enjoyed going to the Olympic games with Claire and my brother it was great to experience it with them both a special moment in history no one will forget. I was pleased i could share it with my younger brother. August well i couldn’t go to one of my Olympic events as my RA was flareing badly so i had to make do with the TV coverage which was excellent but not the same as being there! But i did manage to get to V festival with Katy we had an absolute blast! Singing and eyeing up the lads! I mean isn’t that what you are meant to do at a festival!! September WOW that was a crazy month some good and some bad for my health anyway. Firstly my cousin got married and it was a wounderful day had by all. Then i was meant to go to the paraolympics but my system just couldn’t manage it so i had to miss out but it was for the best as i had other things planned. Then I went on holiday to Tenerife and it was FANTASTIC the heat the food i felt amazing no pain i took no painkillers the whole time i felt fantastic, i didn’t want to come home! Then after coming home i had a trip to see my cardiologist who was disappointed to know i hadn’t started any medication but we had a good long chat about it and i decided to give it ago after my holiday! I then went on a long weekend with my family to Weymouth and we had a great time, sea, sand and sun one day! We danced in the evening and made friends with rory the tiger! My cousin costume making even won first prize for her little girl, well done cousin! Then the time i was dreading came. At the end of September 2012 i made the choice with the support from my loving family, wounderful friends and my doctors to start on medication Methrotrex and i have to be honest i wish i hadn’t i was so ill! I did not feel good at all and i was taken off it and it was deemed to be a fail by my doctors! Got to give a big shout out to Tracey here for putting up with me! For my cousin for making me laugh and to my friends for being there when i thought i was going to die i felt so bad! Thanks for pulling me through that! October was a quite old month for me, myself and my cousin went to see Cheryl in concert which was fantastic but in truth i needed a month to recover from September alone! November well it was going to be a quite month but then Robbie Williams announced a three night tour and i had to go so off we went to London, it was fantastic, im sure Tracey will say except the public transport lol! December i went to centre parcs with my family we had a fantastic time and it was brilliant to spend time with my family and make some lovely memories, seeing the reindeer, meeting santa, the fireworks and even the walk along the lake to get to the pub on the Sunday! Even bunny hopping it down the road thanks to my cousins driving, why isn't fuel coming out? haha Love ya carolyn! All in all 2012 had been a good year it has been painful, its made me a better person its been hard at times but its shown me what great people i have around me and i haven’t even mentioned the flood in my property or some amazing individuals such as Sarah and Marica. My doctors in 2012 out did them selfs and made sure i got through with a smile on my face and taught me that my strength can get me through the tough times. 2012 had taught me one thing and it should all other suffer’s don’t let RA stop you spending time with family or friends or doing the things you love because those days and events are what keep you going through the rough days and months. Next year i start biological treatment and have more memories to make with family and friends here’s to a good 2013 to all my friends and family as well as my blog readers. Love you all Vicky xx