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A year ago...

It’s almost, just hours, away from my birthday as I write this.

A year ago, I was sitting and waiting for major surgery, and feeling caught between life and not life, sort of like Schrodinger’s cat.

A year later, I’ve had that surgery, which went well, and so far, seems to have done the trick, had another surgery for a torn rotator cuff, discovered I had diabetes and learned to control it fairly well, lost about 38 lbs off my post-Christmas high, and went to the Oregon coast again, which I had been trying to go to for several years. Was in physical therapy for 3 months, too. I’ve gotten well enough to start doing things again, got my blood pressure to stop spiking every time I see a doctor and behave normally, discovered I can hike again, and am wearing clothes I haven’t worn since about the time I joined dA.

Beyond that, during the course of the year, I wrote between 65-70 poems, posted 19 photos at dA, wrote and posted about 40 pieces of fanfiction, drafted a novel that needs to be revised, and have shown bits and pieces of 16 other pieces of original fic, some complete, some supposed to be parts of larger stories. There’s even more fic, not yet revealed on my computer. Plotted a story twice (although there’s a chance that they may eventually be two separate stories, or no story at all.

What have I learned this year: That rehabilitation hurts like the dickens at first, but it gets better. That I can’t use dictation software worth a darn. I still don’t like to type with my thumbs. That good friends are precious, and I am so thankful for the friends who walked me through this. That I have a wonderful, stupendous husband who held my hands through every single crisis, put up with my crabbiness, and made me always feel loved.

That this was a precious year, and I have been thankful for every day, even when I griped the whole day through.

Here’s to another year! May yours be not so traumatic as my last one, but filled with as much good.

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madmiko
Aug. 25th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
Here's hoping your next trip around the sun is filled with a lot more of the fun and a lot less of the difficult. ^_^
knittingknots
Aug. 25th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
I could live with that! Thanks!
psyco_chick32
Aug. 25th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
*hugs* May the next year be just as easy as this year was hard!

Happy Birthday <3
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank ya much, ma'am. It was such a nice birthday. Very mellow. Maybe it's a portent for the year ahead!
ironyjones
Aug. 25th, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! and I agree with madmiko - may the next year be more fun and less difficult! :D
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank ya, ma'am!
kiramaru7
Aug. 25th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Awe... *huggles* I hope you have a very HAPPY Bday! May this year be filled with twice as many ups as downs and all your bday wishes come true! *huggles*
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
It was a very happy birthday. Thanks, and huggles back!
kiramaru7
Aug. 27th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
YAY! I'm so glad you had a great day! *more huggles* You're welcome! :D
jongibbs
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday :)
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
luxken27
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
*big hugs* Happy birthday, KK! I hope you have a really wonderful day! Here's hoping your next year won't be quite such a rollercoaster ~ though I suppose there is some truth in the old adage that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger? :)

Thanks for being awesome! =)
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
I had a really nice day. Sending you some of those mellow vibes so that your day goes nicer, too.
ananova55
Aug. 25th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Have a great day and hopefully this year will be better than the last.
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! It was a great day!
paynesgrey
Aug. 25th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, and may your next year be better! *hug*
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thank ya! Hugs back, and wishing you good, too!
landofthekwt
Aug. 25th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday. Glad things have improved in the last year. You have been productive despite the pain of rehabilitation.
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I was, wasn't I? Things really have improved, and even though the rehab was painful, it's been worth it...but how I did all that damage to my left arm, I'll never understand. LOL.

Thanks much!
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knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks much! It's always better to hold onto the light rather than the dark...
fenikkusuken
Aug. 26th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday to one of the finest ladies I've been privileged to meet on the 'net! *glomp*
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
*blushes*

Glomp you back, woman! It was such a lovely birthday too. Hope all is going well with you and yours, and that overcrowded bunny hatch of yours. You sure you don't need any extra bunnies?
fenikkusuken
Aug. 26th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)

Both the spawn and I are counting down the days to when school starts (Sept. 6), but for wildly varying reasons.


Absolutely positive that I don't need more bunnies. Slowly getting the current crop weeded out and under control!
knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
LOL.

I bet you have wildly varying reasons!

My bunnies are mostly behaving. Pink decided to merge the most active into one story (pretty clever for a drunk Easter Bunny, if I say so) although, being bunnies forced together, they're getting into fights and threatening to shatter everything. We'll see if it works. Plotted the damn thing out twice now, and it keeps shifting soon as I start to write. But it still wants to get written. I told said story it's going back on the backburner, and I'm going to finish another story which once tried to morph into a long tale, but inspiration hit and I'm going to be able to keep it as the short story I wanted.

Another year, another round of being bunnified. Hopefully, we'll both get to go where we want to with these stories of ours this year!
fenikkusuken
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Hopefully, we'll both get to go where we want to with these stories of ours this year!

Hear, hear!

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knittingknots
Aug. 26th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was an interesting, if hard year, and I can't say it was all black. Times like this can help us put things into focus.

Appreciate it!
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