Monday, October 18, 2010

On Birthdays and other things

Well It's my birthday. A very quiet one for me this year. Unlike a few years ago!

Tinniegirl is not home tonight as she is looking after her mumsy who has had a day procedure today, so I am alone. It has not been bad, I have been on the phone for about 2 hours fielding birthday calls, which has been lovely.

I think birthdays can be interesting times. Another year over, unknown adventures ahead. It's a time to choose whether you think back on what has been or look to what might be. This year for me, I am doing a bit of both. I have chronic fatigue syndrome, and this has been a watershed year for me in terms of my health. Earlier this year, I was becoming increasingly desperate trying to manage my illness. I was lucky enough to come across a fantastic man who I believe saved my life, my relationship and my job. The rehab program that I have undertaken since April this year has changed my life! Last week I rode my bike to work and then home again. It was something that I could not have even thought about doing 6 months ago. I can look back with pride to see how far I have come in a short time. 

I look forward as well to a future. I could not see a way forward 6 months ago, now I can again begin to realise my dreams. I will return to study next year, and get on with completing my PhD. I will be returning to playing guitar with Concordia, I am able to consider travelling again, and really I will be able to achieve whatever I choose. This is a great year.

Happy Birthday to me!!! Here's to many more!


  1. What a lovely post Lou. I hope you've had a super fabulous day (even though you and Cathy couldn't be together)!

  2. Happy birthday Louise. I hope you had an awesome day and that the coming year sees you making progress in all your endeavours in leaps and bounds.

  3. Happy, happy birthday to you, Lou! Wishing you great things for the year ahead.

  4. Happy Birthday! Congratulations on finding a way to work with your condition and move forward into a life you want!

    I like to use my birthday as a time to reflect on the past year and look forward into my "personal new year" =-)

  5. happy Birthday Lou! Hope you had a lovely day and hope yup left at least one cupcake for me LOL, it looks YUMMY!