I feel so much better in myself than I did this time last year, and the year before that and so on. This recovery business is a long process that cannot be rushed but worked upon everyday with faith, hope, resilience and determination. I am so grateful for the love, support and understanding that others have shown me. 2013 has been a strange and eventful year. For a large majority of the time I felt stuck in many areas of my life and development. I didn’t realize at the time that I was positively changing in a deeply impactful and permanent way. In recent years I struggled with my identity (or lack thereof) following my illness. But I can happily say that I no longer feel empty or so alien from myself. I am much more intact and cheerful. The greatest strides forward in recovery can be a matter of timing and new experiences. For me 2013 has been full of major steps forward that I wasn’t aware I was taking at the time leaving me grateful and pleasantly surprised as the year comes to a close.