Unless you’re a new reader, you’re probably aware that 2014 has been an incredible year for me. I’ve found myself tearing up a lot the last few weeks as I reflect on the year. My loved ones have also been tearing up for the same reason, which reinforces how fortunate I am to have their support and love.
This year, I’ve felt better than I have in my adult life. I no longer have one continuous migraine of varying severity. When migraines do come, I can usually stop them or at least reduce their intensity with triptans, which are effective for me for the first time ever. My diet is still very restrictive, but I’m up to about 40 foods (whether I think that’s good or not depends on my level of frustration on any given day). I’m writing a ton. I don’t feel entirely normal, chronic illness has a greater say in my life than I’d like, and I still feel like I’m catching up on all that fell to the wayside when I was sick. But most of the time I feel like I’m making huge strides.
I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution since my first “unresolution” in 2013, when I resolved to recognize that I’m doing the best I can. Self-compassion and recognizing my own strength were big themes for me this year. I’m the happiest with myself and my life that I’ve ever been. In that tradition, I am committed in 2015 to mindfully experiencing my life as it unfolds. (And working on getting my writing published on a wider scale. That’s not a resolution or unresolution — it’s just what I know I need to focus on next in my life.)
I wish you peace and healing in the new year. If you’re struggling with severe pain or illness, I hope you find some relief, whether physical or emotional (preferably both). I thank you for celebrating my successes with me this year and for your support for the past (almost) 10 years. I look forward to learning more from all of you, as I have every day since starting The Daily Headache. Take good care of yourself.