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Closing Out 2016 & My Holiday Greeting for You

Here we are about to close out another year. How do you feel about saying goodbye to 2016 in just a few days? It was a difficult year for me because as many of you know, my dad died in July. At times I still feel quite lost. There were also many joyful moments this year including son #one’s wedding. And there was a certain election…Each year is a mixed bag, but some years stand out, be it for the joy or due to the pain we experience. Or both. Such is life.

In the coming year, I’ll be writing lots more about grief, survivorship, things that drive me nuts in Cancer Land, (why are there so many things that do?), newsworthy stories that grab my attention and who knows what else.

We shall see together where the New Year takes us, right?

For now, I want to thank you, my dear readers, for sticking around through another year. Thank you for reading my ramblings. Thank you for your encouragement and validation. Thank you for sharing your stories too. Thank you for signing up for my emails. Thank you for buying my books and for telling others about them. Thank you for your kind messages and emails. Thank you for your loyal readership.

Thank you for being out there.

Thank you for being YOU.

See you in the New Year!

Happy holidays from my house to yours! May your holidays be filled with people and things that bring you joy. If you are struggling for whatever reason, hoping you have moments of peace and contentment, as well as many fond memories.

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14 thoughts to “Closing Out 2016 & My Holiday Greeting for You”

  1. Nancy, I am ready to say goodbye to 2016 and looking forward to 2017. I am slowly welcoming “hope” into my life, but still staying cautious. I know there will still be difficulties. Such is life. 2016 was a hard year but there were a few good things too. My highlight was my skydive experience, which I realize I haven’t written about on my blog yet. Maybe this will be my next topic to welcome the New Year. After all, I do need more excitement. There were a few difficult times in 2016: the death of my friend Cathy and the unexpected changes at work, which didn’t allow me to take care of myself and put my health at risk. I refuse to do this to myself next year so some things will have to change. My theme for next year is self care. Because no one else will do it for me.

    I hope the New Year is kind to you and it brings you some light and peace. And of course, good health, too. xoxo

    1. Rebecca, I am not feeling ready to say goodbye to 2016 yet…You’re right, life will always present difficulties, but hopefully there will always be wonderful experiences too. I like your theme of self care. You’re so right, no one else will do it for us. Here’s hoping the New Year is kind to you too, my friend. May it be kind to us all. xo

  2. Hi Nancy,
    Really, thank YOU for being YOU and speaking your truth!
    Just stopping by to say Happy Holidays, and thank you for keeping up this wonderfully honest blog! I have gained much from being a reader. My “cancerversary” was yesterday (that is what it is called no?) and eh, meh, no real reaction. I’m kind of secluded away from cancer stuff unless I’m online, given that I have a small family just a few long-distance friends that are not keen to be involved in my “cancer stuff.” Those I know locally in my small town, through patronage of businesses, volunteer or artistic endeavors in the community either do not know, or most likely usually pretend they do not know, or just are not really interested. Mixed blessing that it is…because I I get to forget about cancer most of the time, However, when I think about it for a bit, likley lately when I feel fatigue and terrible joint pains, I feel terribly alone still.

    I appreciate your honesty about the election too. There are days I don’t know how much of my anger and ill-at-ease feelings are from cancer or just, more recently, from the election. Sometimes, since November 8, I just burst into tears.. .and feel hopeless and scared…. So I can’t tell what is the primary cause .. cancer or election!
    And I have your book. Lost my mom to cancer when I was 12, Also I was name after HER mom, who also died of BC.
    I hope to read more of you in 2017. I’m glad I hope to find some support or really just move and find an active community in 2017. Country life ain’t for me and with BC its been a really hard hard year.

    Best, AnnieEllie

    1. Annie, Thank you very much for your kind words. I do try to keep it real. I am very sorry about your mom. And your grandma. So much loss. So much heartache. Sometimes cancer does make a person feel quite isolated due to a variety of reasons. I hope you find the support you need. You’re always welcome here. Wishing you good things in 2017. Hope to hear from you again.

  3. I’m happy to be done with 2016 for a variety of reasons. It’s kind of ironic but the highlight of my year was also the lowest point.
    I reached a point in my cancer recovery that allowed me to go back to work ( a good thing), then had to deal with all of the psychological and physical challenges that were presented by the cancer diagnosis and treatments (not such a good thing). I wasn’t ready for the fatigue, memory problems, and other assorted maladies that go along with recovery and adjuvant therapy. To have to deal with it all on top of the stress of work was just too much for me to handle and I started to sink into a state of joyless desperation. That was my lowest point. Then my employer came to my rescue and suggested that if at any point I found things too tough, they could lay me off from permanent employment and re-assign me to a casual position. That was the high point in my year. I jumped at the offer and have never regretted it. Yes, money is tight, but the trade off is a happier me.
    I’m not sure what 2017 is going to bring, but I know that 2016 has taught me is that there is no guarantee that there will be a “next year”. I’m training myself to live one day at a time and enjoy the many small pleasures of life that I was deprived of during chemo. Being able to taste my food again, run my hands through my hair, and stay awake during the day are all wonderful things.
    Happy New Year to you and your family Nancy. May you find peace, joy, and good health in the coming year 🙂

    1. Lennox, It sure is ironic that the highlight of your year was also the lowest point. I’m glad you made the decision you did regarding your job. A happier you is definitely a good trade off. Happy New Year to you too. Wishing you peace, joy and of course stable good health in 2017 and beyond. Thank you for reading and sharing.

    1. Marie, Thank you for the compliment. It’s extra special coming from you. Wishing you an abundance of good health and happiness in 2017 and beyond as well. xx

  4. One of the highlights of my year was “meeting” you on-line and sharing your book with our book club. Wishing you all the very best in the coming year and support and encouragement for those pitfalls that inevitably show up in our lives. I have to say and it sometimes feels so silly to be so excited about, but I love love having hair again! I look forward to reading more from you and the many people who share their thoughts and insights. Thanks again, Nancy!

    1. Sandy, What a nice thing to say. Thank you. Btw, I am still planning to write about your club’s experience – hopefully this month. Sorry to be so slow. And it’s not silly at all to be excited about having hair again. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. I’m glad we “met” too.

  5. Hi Nancy,

    The highlight of 2016 for me was the publication of my book, the book launch party, and a couple of readings/signings. And, of course, staying healthy, mentally and physically. Each year I do so is an accomplishment.

    Overall, 2016 sucked in many ways. Too many people — famous and not — died, and Trump will now be our president, which depresses me beyond anything right now. My cat Cosette died, as you know, and that has been so heartbreaking for me, and my heart is filled with grief.

    Hope your 2017 will be wonderful, Nancy. I’m looking forward to reading your blog in 2017 and beyond.

    1. Beth, I am so proud of you for getting your book published. Bravo! It’s such a helpful guide. 2016 was a rugged year in a lot of ways. Here’s hoping 2017 will be kinder to us all. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to reading your blog in 2017 too. And I’ll keep recommending your book whenever I get a chance.

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