Happy New Year!

I love the whole concept of New Year’s. Out with the old, in with the new.

Every year I have a renewed hope of better things to come, pretty much the same as everyone else who celebrate’s New Year’s, but since I have chronically ill kids, I have a few extras:

I hope that the New Year brings us better health than the last.

I hope that maybe my kids will go into REAL non-medicated remission.

I dream that this will be the year that better treatments are discovered, or even more hopeful that we will find a cure.

Then I dream about a cure for ALL pediatric diseases, and disease in general…

And then I snap back to reality, because these are all dreams.

And I know that making dreams come true requires real work…. and that’s where the resolutions come in.

Every year people resolve to do all kinds of things in honor of the new year. Some we stick to, some we don’t, but the important thing is to have goals and work toward them. Hopeful and empowered, all rolled into one holiday. Its a great transition- from thanks and being grateful at thanksgiving, to becoming a giver at Christmas, to resolving to change and start anew for the New Year.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? I dream of a cure, so I am lobbying for research money and helping every organization that concerns itself with funding for JA research to further the cause. I want my kids to have a good life, including non-medicated remission, so I am resolving to stay the course (even when it is hard) to give them the most stable environment possible- (especially since  new research points to mind-body connections and health) and the best medical care I can provide, while helping them to learn how to transition and care for themselves into adulthood. I can’t just dream, I have to resolve- to do- to help make it happen.

That’s ok. Because anything worthwhile is worth working for. Bring it on 2014. I’m ready.

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  1. That’s a good way to put it. I always welcome the new year with a positive outlook. it always ensure success for me.
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  2. I don’t have resolutions. I do have a lot of dreams though! Most won’t come true, they are too far-fetched. I just hope to have happy kids, that’s all about all I can ask for. Since blogging, I also hope that other kids are happy and healthy, more than usual. Too much sad stuff for kids these days.
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    • Karen, would any of those dreams involve George Clooney? In all seriousness though, I get your point about wishing for the happiness of your own kids, and the health and happiness of others. Once you are exposed to the world of JA, pediatric cancer,cerebral palsy, juvenile diabetes, or any childhood disease its like taking a trip down the rabbit hole. You never see things quite the same way again. Try not to let that get to you though, you are making a difference, in what ways YOU can, so we are all a little better of for it.

  3. I think the combination of dreaming big and working hard is undefeatable. Great things are bound to come from anyone who follows that formula.
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    • Elizabeth- I hope you are right- I waver between being invincible and defeated (I even blogged about that during NaBloPoMo in November) But I do believe that attitude can make all the difference in the world. When you combine that with real action (not just lip service) it is amazing what we can truly become capable of. I surprise myself sometimes!

  4. My goals this year are to do more, make more and grow more so that my chicldren can have more healthy food and experiences.
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    • Mindie- those are great goals! They sound easy, but are harder to make into reality (but oh so rewarding to do!) They are all things that I have been working hard at over the last 3 years and I think it has made a difference in my family’s health and happiness. Good luck in your journey!

  5. I love how you have decided to not just dream of a cure but have resolved to work toward making that happen. Most of my goals this year have to do with my family – spending not just more time, but better time with them. I also want to make our home more pleasing, both through my attitude and decluttering.
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    • Thanks TaMara- I think that we have to decide to DO something about it, not just dream. I know that remission or a cure may not come this year (or even in the next decade or more) but I’ll be darned if I have to accept it. I CAN do something to work toward the goal,and help us all get just a little bit closer. Progress is progress, so matter how small, right? Thanks for stopping in and commenting 🙂

  6. Kim, This past year I have become so much more aware of so many children in my little world suffering from illnesses that would break any parents hearts. I have a friend whose daughter has suffered from JA as well as many other things over the course of the last several years and recently got very dismal news regarding her future. I can not imagine as parents walking through this with your child. Thankful for your blog and all the things you share on here.
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    • Angela, I know exactly what you mean. Before we were thrust into this JA world, we had no idea. Don’t get me wrong, we heard the occasional sad story or two, but now we have friends in the JA community, and the suffering is so much more real, and so widespread. Also seeing all these specialists (and yes, we did have to see a hematologist/oncologist for a bit) just makes you realize mow many children are suffering. Instead of just feeling sorry about it though, I am really trying to take it as a call to action, and that is also why I share- I used to be a VERY private person, so this blog does take me out of my comfort zone! If it helps others though (and I hope it does) it is all worth it.

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