Edited: Commenter Katie Rae won the draw for the hope bracelet. Katie - I'll be in touch! Thanks for all your comments and well wishes.
Six years ago today I wrote my first blog post. It was a few weeks after I'd been given a diagnosis for my health and felt quite discouraged that there was no magic pill to give me my life back.
I closed the year with this celebration. I began seeing someone for spiritual direction which quickly morphed into counselling. That trust relationship gave me the courage to eventually admit to myself and others that I struggled with this addiction. This is what one of my sessions often went like in those days.
I continued to struggle. I didn't change overnight.
If you have read me from the beginning you know I've experienced parenting nightmares,
got back to meetings,
and did a radio documentary.
Eventually my chronic illness became less of a daily factor. (That sentence says so much.)
I continued to see my spiritual director.
Life went on.
I completed a life long dream. Although this much distance from that event humbles me. There's a long way to go before it's ready to submit anywhere for publication.
You journeyed with me as I faced the difficult work of healing from childhood sexual abuse.
When these two made their appearance you watched me become someone I never dreamed possible, one of those dog people.
The posts that get the most hits are for belly button birthdays and Thank You For Each Moment.
The one thing I rarely have posted about here is about this program. I post about it today in case someone comes across my blog because they are sick and tired of binge eating, white knuckling it, restricting their eating, any or all of the above. It is this program (which deals with the physical allergy to sugar/alcohol), combined with AA, that has given me a much more stable life. Sugar no longer calls my name and I am grateful.
The link I'm most pleased to have shared is about spoons.
The picture at the top of this post is of a bracelet made by my friend Ellie.
You can find more of her jewelry here.
I'm giving away a bracelet just like that one except it will have green stones because green is the symbolic colour of hope.
To enter the draw for the bracelet (hey lurkers, this includes you!)all you have to do is leave a comment telling me which blog post I linked to in this post you liked the best.
You might read them all, you might read just one.
You might like a different one than what's linked to here.
Just pick one.
I'll draw from all the names entered on the 15th of December.
Happy 6th anniversary to me!