2010 was quite a year for me. I would have never guessed some of the things that happened would have occurred.
In 2010, I watched a friend fight cancer and ultimately die from it. My grandmother was diagnosed with cancer and my father had a heart attack. I traveled to Key West, New Orleans, McKinney Texas (twice) and Escanaba Michigan. I rescued and helped rehabilitate a little greyhound named Sweetheart and I started a blog that has been viewed worldwide.
When I read all of these things, I think, wow, what a year. There were bad things that happened and there were good things that happened. Even though there was quite a bit bad, I tried and still try to take good from them. My friend suffering and dying had the biggest impact on my life and continues to do so. While I am still sad that she has died, her struggle and death have changed me for the better. I see things differently and don't worry about little things and live more in the moment. I try to let my family and friends know I care about them and try not to leave things unsaid.
My father having a heart attack and my grandmother being diagnosed with cancer was a shock. The heart attack more so. However, I am lucky in that I have a great relationship with them both. I am very thankful that each of them are doing well and continue to hope treatment goes well.
Rescuing Sweetheart and caring for her these past four and a half months has been very very special for me and will always be so no matter how long I have her. I am thankful for Dr. Kolar and staff. I am thankful for Lester for being so suppportive during her recovery, especially when her leg smelled like rotten meat!!!
I never thought I would start a blog, it was never something that even interested me. Thank you Courtney for urging me to do so. I never thought that Sweetheart's blog would become such a hit all over the world. Wow, talk about exciting. I feel I have made some good friends through this blog and I realize that the world is really small after all. I would love to be able to visit each and every one of you in person to say thank you for supporting Sweetheart and listening to my worries and stories.
I hope every one of you had a good 2010. Tell me a few things that touched your life in 2010. I would love to hear about them. Email them or post them as a comment.
I am looking into obedience class for Sweetheart. My friend has suggested a place in Oklahoma City to take her and I just need to pick a date and time and start the process. If she passes obedience the next step is therapy dog training. I hope very much to do this. I really want to do it and not just talk about it. Perhaps everyone out there following this blog can hold me accountable and give me encouragement to do see it through. :)
Thank you to everyone who has followed this blog and continues to do so. It has meant a lot to me that so many strangers from all over the world care about this little girl. It is truly amazing and a great gift!
Happy 2011. I hope the new year has been good to you already!
Jess and Sweetheart!