New year, new me. 

Source: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Source: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I know that in the past I’ve made countless claims that I’m going to turn things around, turn over a new leaf and make big changes to my lifestyle. Everyone does, right? In my case it would have made sense to have done this last year, with the looming life changing operation set for January. In some ways yes: that event did spark a change in my thinking and mind set. Or at least spark the long chain of events that caused me to look at things and change.

Having returned to full health after my op, I carried on working long hours as I needed to earn. I mentioned earlier in my blog that I didn’t exactly have a huge amount of assistance from the benefits system in funding myself while I was unable to work. However the combination of my part time job and the gardening business just took away a lot of my time and led to a ridiculous work life balance, ridiculous in that it wast really a balance. A couple of months ago, when I wrote my post about the importance of me time, I was starting to put things into place to change this and to get some stability back. I knew this would take some time, but once I started looking for full time work I knew I was going in the right direction.

Now for the first time in ages I’ve taken some time off of work to put my feet up. I’m actually spending some time at my uncles, seeing family, exploring places around here. It’s been great to see him and the family and spend this time away. In the new year I will be starting new work, in a Monday to Friday job which at last will finally give me that structure back and allow me to do the things in life that I haven’t been able to do in a while. I will now for the most part have my evenings and weekends back. Now, with these back I can pick up hobbies, go places and see people – all normal things but things that I have not done due to work.

My health at the moment is under control. I had been very fortunate since my operation that even though test results are showing active Crohn’s already, I have not been experiencing any of the symptoms. I know that the chances of this being a life long state are pretty slim and that it’s more a case of “when” instead of “if” the symptoms come back to bite me in the bottom, quite literally. That being the case I want to make the most of this new lease of life. I want to go places, see things, meet people. Things I know I should have been doing, things that people have suggested I should be doing and now I am finally doing them.

2015 has been a bit of a mixed one and I know that applies to a number of my nearest and dearest too. However things feel better and my outlook of 2016 is much brighter, much more settled, and I’m very much excited to see what it has in store.

So thanks for reading, hope you all have a happy and prosperous New Year.

KBO

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About tomcoppin

Hello! I'm Tom, and have started this blog to share my experience of living life with a condition called Crohn's Disease. I've had the condition for a long time and have recently undergone surgery, hence the scar in the picture. I want to share my experiences to raise awareness of Crohn's, as well as helping out people who have been diagnosed. If you have any questions then feel free to message or comment and I will answer! Have a great day people. KBO
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