Really tough year:
~ Watched my son, Kyle, suffer and battle cancer. He lost his left eye last December to ocular melanoma. Horrific. He has been undergoing cancer treatments for a small tumor near his kidney for most of this year. Thankfully the tumor is almost gone!
~ I lost a dear friend to cancer. I miss her terribly.
~ I injured my right hand/wrist while doing yard work about five months ago (I'm right-handed.) Torn tendon. I reinjured it thinking it was fine after a month or so. It went from bad to worse. Sharp pain and no strength. Now I wear a brace that immobilizes my thumb and keeps my wrist from bending. Seeing an orthopedic doctor.
~ I have stopped teaching my after-school art classes for now. I'm still doing small semi-private groups. Which is actually a very nice pace.
~ Actually started creating a painting with my left hand, what a mess! It is slow and cumbersome, but I'm making progress. I'm surprised at how my left-hand cramps and gets tired so easily. I did not realize how strong my dominant hand is in comparison!
~ I have seen the restoration of broken relationships as a result of these hardships.
~ I have become available to keep the grandkids at odd hours when Kyle has early treatments in Miami or has to rush to the ER.
~ I have learned to be patient when I'm in pain and/or overwhelmed with emotion.
~ I have grown in faith and found strength I did not know existed.
~ I'm still a little off, but I see everything differently now. I have truly grown.
~ I believe we are better off having overcome things and learning from them than staying stuck in old habits.
Praying for better things in 2024!