How did 2012 treat you?

  1. 4 Bad year over here. Some good things - my husband received a small raise, I definitely feel more comfortable in my role as a nurse.

    But mostly bad. My mom died in May. My husband's mother was, literally, just diagnosed with terminal brain cancer a few days ago.Next year is going to be hard for my husband and his family. (And me. I love my inlaws.) On top of everything, still dealing with a chronic cat diarrhea problem that has ruined our carpet and made it impossible for us to host anything in our house.

    Anyway.

    How did 2012 treat you guys?

    (Don't know if this already a thread somewhere?)
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  4. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
    3
    Well, the summer was crappy. Literally. As in, poop flooding my basement thanks to a broken sewer pipe. Just now finished paying off all the damage that caused. Also found a lump in my breast last week. I'm young, but with a family history, so going for testing later this week. Hoping it's a big fat nothing and that 2013 is going to be much better.

    On the other hand, I'm in a job I love (most days), have an awesome family, and started my masters program- currently rocking a 4.0 GPA!
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  5. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
    7
    2012 is not quite over, so I don't want to speak too soon. . .

    However, the year has treated me not too bad. I have a job during a time period when millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed. I don't live from paycheck to paycheck. I can eat whatever I want without having to choose between the rent or groceries.

    I've been in somewhat of a funk lately and feel a lack of motivation to do simple things such as exercise or clean my house. However, I realize I cannot wait around for motivation. I've simply gotta suck up the discomfort and just do it.

    I'm hoping 2013 is filled with good health, safety, prosperity, and dreams that come true.
  6. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
    4
    2012 can't get gone quickly enough to suit me. This was easily the hardest year of the fifty-four I've spent on this planet and I'm not one bit sorry to be done with it. Between my family's financial struggles, my sister's steep decline, my daughter going to Afghanistan, the losses of two dearly loved pets, some personal and professional difficulties, and battling my own health issues, I've had enough of this rollercoaster and want off! Not that I'm naive enough to believe that the simple flip of a calendar page will make a big difference, but right now hope is all I have to hang onto.
    leslie :-D, imintrouble, TheCommuter, and 1 other like this.
  7. Visit  wish_me_luck profile page
    5
    I have already written about my year in the recovery forum. Year of learning and personal growth. I hope I can get a nursing job soon (I would totally do volunteering. I just miss community and public health nursing so much!) I might regret saying this, but I think this year has changed me for the better.
    leslie :-D, imintrouble, itsmejuli, and 2 others like this.
  8. Visit  Beautiful Mind RN profile page
    2
    Quote from TheCommuter
    2012 is not quite over, so I don't want to speak too soon. . .

    However, the year has treated me not too bad. I have a job during a time period when millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed. I don't live from paycheck to paycheck. I can eat whatever I want without having to choose between the rent or groceries.

    I've been in somewhat of a funk lately and feel a lack of motivation to do simple things such as exercise or clean my house. However, I realize I cannot wait around for motivation. I've simply gotta suck up the discomfort and just do it.

    I'm hoping 2013 is filled with good health, safety, prosperity, and dreams that come true.
    I too, felt that funk just three years into my pharmacy tech job(s). I exceeded well in both, I made good pay on both jobs (I busted my butt doing it too!) and I had a nice lifestyle going on as a single woman in her late 20's. Not to mention, I had wonderful coworkers who I always had the opportunity to learn from...that included my nursing coworkers.

    That's when I realized, I wanted to be motivated and it hit me...the only way I could get motivated was to go back to school and become what I realized what I wanted to become...a nurse! I am just so sorry it took me so long to realize it! I did not want to sit on a waiting list either...I wanted to do it here and now so I can become one as soon as possible. It might cost a bit more...but hey, I can take care of it, I did save a good chunk of money from my last two jobs.

    Of course, a long the way, I had my ups and downs...the downside was, I had to leave the two jobs that I love so I could concentrate on school. That meant not seeing my friends at work as often. I also had to depart from my wonderful apartment and lifestyle.

    On the up side however, I was given the opportunity to move back in with my mom and her husband. They opened a room for me so I will have a roof over my head and not have to worry about paying rent. We have our scuffles at times, especially with her husband, since we don't see eye to eye on many things (in many ways, he still thinks I am a kid, since he is very old fashioned that way), however, we've managed to smooth things out. After all, after this semester coming up, I will be too busy with clinicals to even worry about such little things...!

    2012 has been overall, kind to me, compared to the many other years. I have made new friends, made new accomplishments, and my motivation has been renewed. Because I strive with all my heart to be a RN! Like the many awesome RN's I have had the pleasure of chatting with on this forum.

    May the new year bring everyone wonderful things their way. And to you The Commuter, I too hope it brings you "good health, safety, prosperity, and dreams that come true".
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  9. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
    3
    Financial situation dramatically improved, love life dramatically deteriorated (but dare I jinx it and say that's on an uptick?), work situation largely static. I guess it was an okay year. i have my health and my home and my wonderful son. I know that makes me much more fortunate than so many others who are struggling.
  10. Visit  CT Pixie profile page
    2
    I'm healthy, happy, employeed and have a roof over my head. Can't complain. Our family did lose some very loved and cherished people in the last few weeks but all in all 2012 hasn't been too bad to me.
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  11. Visit  aknottedyarn profile page
    3
    All in all a good year. This is the first year that I did not hurt terribly at the time of year my DH passed away. I am working with my SO and we work well together. My DSS (honorary) got into recovery and is doing so well. I have pretty good health for an old lady, and I still have things I want and can accomplish in life.
  12. Visit  jedi88 profile page
    3
    2012 was a good year! I did a summer externship and got hired on into a tech job. 1 semester away from graduating with my BSN. I just had shoulder surgery but am healing well. Overall pretty healthy. Planning on proposing to my gorgeous girlfriend. Just need a little more money to buy an engagement ring for her! <3. Hopefully 2013 will be better!
  13. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
    5
    2012 had some downers, but most of them had silver linings. I had breast cancer, had surgery and radiation therapy and my summer was hot and uncomfortable. But I found out how much my husband loves me when he moved heaven and earth to be at each and every one of my doctor's appointments, tests, surgeries, scans, treatments, etc. And the fact that I was recovering from surgery and couldn't travel means I didn't have to deal with my mother when she had her meltdown and was hauled off for an inpatient psychiatric stay to titrate her meds. There's another silver lining! A fellow breast cancer survivor told me that the hardest thing she had to do was tell her mother she had cancer . . . so my mother's Alzheimer's was another silver lining. I didn't have to tell her I had cancer because of the Alzheimer's. An ordeal avoided.

    We had a lovely Thanksgiving with a table full of family.

    We have a new family member in the form of a lively, smart, cute, funny, fun and non-shedding labradoodle.

    I had several Christmas dinners . . . the potluck at work with my friends. The potluck at my husband's work with his. The dinner we made at home when we had our Christmas. So, although I worked Christmas, plenty of silver linings there. AND I'm well enough to work again. Whoo hoo!

    Hopefully the coming year will bring more healing and recovery as my strength returns and I'm less and less fatigued all the time.
  14. Visit  itsmejuli profile page
    2
    Its good to see you posting Ruby...I think we've all missed you.

    My year started out crap with me in the dumps and havign a difficult time in my new city, new job and ...winter.

    I left the job but looking back now I realize that I was in a funk and not thinking clearly. I'm now in a job that I like well enough but its not a union position. I've just turned 51 and really need a job with a pension. So my goal this year is to find a union position that I like. Now that I've been in this city almost 2 years I've a better understanding of the healthcare system and facilities. There are plenty of jobs for us LPNs here.

    I'm happy in this new city, I feel at home. I joined an active Meetup group so my social life is definately improving. too bad I'm gaining weight from having so much fun eating and imbibing.

    I discovered the magical powers of basking under 10,000 lux of light every morning. What a huge difference its made on my mood, I wish I'd figured out this seasonal affective disorder years ago.

    Goals for this year....drop that 20 lbs, find a new job with a pension plan and do some traveling....maybe find a decent man if I'm lucky.
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  15. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from itsmejuli
    Its good to see you posting Ruby...I think we've all missed you.
    It's nice to be back!

    I hope the coming year is the year those 20 pounds melt into nothingness because you're too much in love to bother with eating!
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