I figured out how to use my elbows for a lot of things. And, yesterday for the first time in over 5 years I baked cookies! Yep, all with one hand. I have bought a lot of special utensils that have built up handles, my husband bought me a new mixer and even though it took my twice as long, today the neighbors got their Christmas goodies; courtesy of the Thomas'. It made me feel useful again. Hubby is still always on stand-by for opening containers, but that's OK. I have learned how to graciously accept help when I need and not be so stubborn trying to forge ahead and hurting myself.
Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year. Not for getting "stuff", but for remembering what is important in life. Faith, hope and charity. The small act of giving little containers of goodies to the neighbors that have helped in small ways during the year is so rewarding.
Faith in the many wonderful friends I have made since I got ill. The wonderful support they have given me when I was so down I couldn't see a ray of hope. I now try to be that ray of hope for others. Charity doesn't need to be donating money; I donate my time, my love and my shoulder for anyone that asks. When people are chronically ill, support can be the difference between life and death.
Merry Christmas to all my friends who have been with me through thick and thin. To all those people who support my radio show by being there and contributing their ideas, their questions and their love. I hope your holidays are filled with magic!