The end of 2019

So today is the last day of 2019, and me, like many others I’m sure, have been thinking about this last year – the highs and the lows, the memorable events and the immediately forgotten events, the friendships strengthened and those posted missing.

On the first day of last year (2018) I said:

We may not know what lies ahead of us this year, but whatever 2018 may bring our way, I pray you will find the love, strength and support to face it all, both from your family and your friends, but even more so from God.

I know that was 2018 I said those words, but ultimately they are applicable at the start of each new year.

2018 was a challenging year for me as I had major heart surgery in October 2018, so 2019 has very much been a year of recuperating and recovering. I had been told pre surgery that I’d be off work for a minimum of 3 month but it could be up to 6 months before I was well enough to return to work, but that it would take a year to 18 months to recover fully. After only 4 months off work I returned to work on a phased return, at the start of February. It was hard work as I was still recovering, but it was good to get back to some ‘normality’.

Because I knew most of this year would be about my recovery, I had set some targets for myself to get back to doing the things I had had to stop doing because of my ill-health or stop during my recovery period. I managed to meet some of those targets but not all of them, but it was too disappointing as ultimately I really had just set some targets without knowing how well (or otherwise) my recovery would go.

I once again want to share my gratitude to all those who work in our National Health Service (NHS) to care for and help the sick. I personally have cannot praise the commitment and care I’ve received (and will continue to receive) from the NHS.

So now as I look forward to 2019, I pray for health and happiness in this coming year for myself, my family, my friends and for each of you who follow and read my blog.

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