Nurturing Hope in 2021 With Fertilizer From 2020

Nurturing Hope in 2021 With Fertilizer From 2020
Along with the rest of the world, I’m forging ahead into 2021, making 2020 a distant memory. I thought 2020 would be a year to remember. I had a new full-time job, the best health I’d had in years, and travel plans to see my best friend from elementary school. It certainly was a year to remember, but for all the wrong reasons. Before February was even over, I watched all my plans begin to evaporate. The pandemic confined me to my home. Then, my health took a sudden downturn. By midyear, my full-time contract job was eliminated. Most people would have been overwhelmed by experiencing these life changes all at once. However, having Crohn’s and primary sclerosing cholangitis more than half my life led to the resilience and adaptability that got me through the worst of 2020. The disappointment and the setbacks gave me focus for 2021. All work, and now, play In retrospect, losing my job became a blessing. The company had already cut my hours and salary in May, shortly after I began having elevated liver enzymes. My anxiety grew as I worried about making up lost work time for medical appointments. By the time my job ended at the beginning of July, I was going in for weekly bloodwork. Without the pressure of missing work, my health took precedence as my transplant and gastroenterology teams worked to normalize my liver function. Between medical appointments, I continued to send out job applications and freelance project proposals. I’ve had more first and second rounds of interviews than I can remember, but no job offers. As the end of the year came into view, I became even more discouraged. Then, I remembered the vow I made to myself after my liver transplant: I swore that I wouldn’t let my job take priority over my life. I had let that happen dur
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