Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015: Year In Review

I contemplated not doing a year in review post this year, considering the way the year ended.  I really don’t want to dwell on the past, and what has happened recently has been incredibly painful.  But I also want to see exactly where I’ve been in 2015, in the hope of figuring out where I want to go in 2016.

2015 was the first full year without my dad, and I really opened up around the details surrounding his death:

I had some highs and lows health-wise, including getting a cortisone shot in my hip that changed my life for the better, and struggling with medication and insurance woes:

My relationship took a positive turn (we got our first place together), and then a very negative one (we broke up):

I got to travel a lot, gave an Ignite Talk at Stanford Medicine X, and did a lot of advocacy work, which were some of my happiest and proudest moments this year:

And I struggled with starting my career and finding the way back to myself:

It’s crazy the difference a year makes.  At the beginning of 2015, my boyfriend and I got our first place together.  2015 came to an end with a breakup with my boyfriend of three and a half years, and a move back to Michigan to be closer to my support system, and hopefully start a new life. 

Of course, these aren’t all of my posts from 2015, but these are the ones I felt were worth highlighting.  You can review the year on my blog if you are interested in other posts that were not included in this review post.

And, as I always do, I am sharing with you a list of the books that I read in 2015:

1.       “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo (NF)

2.      “Fabulupus” by Jodie Nimigon-Young and Jessica Kundapur (NF)*

3.      “Common Fire” by Laurent A. Parks Daloz, Cheryl H. Keen, James P. Keen, and Sharon Daloz Parks (NF)^

4.      “Tampa” by Alissa Nutting (F)

5.      “Selena’s Secret” by Maria Celeste Arraras (NF)

6.      “On A Farther Shore” by William Souder (NF)^

7.      “The Vanishers” by Heidi Julavitz (F)

8.     “Sick Idiot” by Ashley Boynes-Shuck (NF)*

9.      “The Writing on the Wall” by Regina Holliday (NF)*

10.  “To Selena, With Love” by Chris Perez (NF)

11.   “The Perfect Letter” by Chris Harrison (F)

12.  “300 Sandwiches” by Stephanie Smith (NF)

13.  “League of Mortals” by Duncan Cross (F)*

14.  “United Breaks Guitars” by Dave Carroll (NF)

15.   “Grey” by E.L. James (F)

16.  “Afraid of the Dark” by Tom Henderson (NF)

17.   “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson (F)

18.  “Suffering The Silence” by Allie Cashel (NF)*

19.  “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande (NF)*

20.  “On grief and Grieving” by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler (NF)

21.  “The Day the World Came to Town” by Jim DeFede (NF)

22.  “Girl In Glass” by Deana Fei (NF)*

23. “Wide Awake And Dreaming” by Julie Flygare (NF)*

24. “NYPD Red 3” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (F)

25.  “Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy” by Geralyn Lucas (NF)*

26. “The Murder House” by James Patterson and (F)

27.  “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom (F)

28. “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova (F)*

29. “Inside the O’Briens” by Lisa Genova (F)*

(F) – Fiction
(NF) – Non-fiction

* Books specifically of interest to chronically ill readers
^ Academic books/books for school/my research

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