I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.Charles Dickens
Nearly four years ago, the very beginning symptoms of anti-NMDA were slowly beginning to fray the edges of my physical and mental health. And, though it would take a few months to fully unravel and then, even after extensive treatment, it would take more than a year to recover, this time of year always brings to mind the very beginning of this journey. I find myself reflecting on where I’ve been and where I’m going.
Just a year ago, I took an important step in reclaiming control of my life when a New Years Resolution inspired me to start this blog in order to help others by sharing my stories. Even then, I could never have imagined the impact this blog would have on my own life. My heart nearly bursts when I think of the wonderful people I’ve met and stories of insurmountable strength and courage I’ve heard. And though, honored to have been able to connect with so many, it breaks my heart whenever another family joins our community because I know what it took to bring them here. Our stories may vary, but in sharing them, we find a common purpose and inspiration. For that reason, I’m so grateful to all of you for your support this past year.
In the coming year, I hope to continue giving a voice to this “not-so-rare, but rarely diagnosed” illness in hopes of providing support, awareness and education. Likewise, if any of you would like to contribute a blog post or share your survivor story with the When Pigs Take Flight community, please let me know.
In the meantime, as we wrap up 2016, I leave you with a few notes of advice for the holiday season and a little dose of humor through my twist on a holiday classic (turn sound on before playing).
Enjoy! Best to all of you and your families this holiday season – and continued prayers for a healthy, happy 2017!
Video: The 12 Days of Illness
*AE = Autoimmune Encephalitis
Erica—–you are an amazing , brave, articulate and loving young lady! The video rocks!! Your insightful words are an inspiration! Happy I get to follow you on FB now. So happy you are enjoying the holiday with your family! Keep inspiring all of us!