This picture is of the Winter Solstice sunrise over the Humber estuary at Cleethorpes. As I was standing there, watching the beauty of a new dawn and the rebirth of the light, I pondered on how much my life has changed in a single turn or the wheel.
At the start of the year I was completely dependant on other people if I wanted to go anywhere. I had been suffering from Menier’s disease for 6 years and was not allowed to drive in all that time. Before this I had always been very independent and able to go anywhere alone, but menier’s put a stop to that.
As the year started though I had been feeling much better, had been for a couple of months. I was still getting slight dizziness and constant tinnitus but no longer experienced the disabling vertigo of the past 6 years.
In March, I decided to apply to the DVLA to get my licence back, and by April I was in possession of a brand new photocard licence and a little car! I had regained my freedom! The charge was immediate and amazing! I was able to go anywhere!
My personal life was so much easier, but so too was my work life. I have to attend a lot of meetings, many of them away from my usual work place and this was now so much easier!
Having regained my freedom though and felt slightly better, I began to notice other health issues, and on getting these checked out, in August I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After 6 years of I’ll health, then recovering this diagnosis was devastating! I could see a future of worsening health inevitably stretching out in front of me and it looked like a bleak prospect.
Rather than sitting back and wallowing in my misery (which I honestly felt like doing) I began to research. I now feel that the diagnosis was the best thing that could have happened! To be honest, I had probably been diabetic for some time without knowing. Once I did know though, and had researched all about it, I set about changing my lifestyle.
I have now lost just over 3 stone (and am still going) and my doctor is delighted as my diet changes have resulted in my blood sugar returning to normal and he now classes me as in remission!
I feel, and look, better than I have in years! So no matter how bleak the future is, there is always hope and what I have learned is to take charge of my health instead of letting it take charge of me!
So roll on 2017, I’m ready for you! And this time next year, I could be unrecognisable!