2016 was one of my best years ever so I was sad to see it end. “SUR_REAL” was nominated the best word of 2016, which is the perfect word to describe my year.
First, we welcomed a beautiful daughter in-law, Reem, to our family; she is beautiful on the outside, and even more beautiful on the inside – such an amazing, loving caring young lady. A perfect fit for our Zeid. We spent the first few months of 2016 planning their wedding, which was a dream come true for me – I would go to sleep smiling, and wake up with the same smile on my face; it was a very cheerful, happy time in our home. On the 15th of July, 2016, we had Zeid and Reem’s wedding with all its festivities – it was, such a joyous and proud moment for us all as a family. Planning, attending, and dancing at my son’s wedding was the happiest day of my life.
In 2016, we also had three more weddings in my family – both my nephews and my beautiful niece. In May 2016, Karim, my youngest, graduated his Masters, and secured a job with a reputable company in the States. Faisal survived two huge takeovers in his company and moved from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, near his brother Zeid.
After Zeid and Reem’s wedding is when I started my blog, which was life changing. It opened up new doors for me; I can now enjoy expressing myself and reconnecting with people after living in silence for a long time. Through my blog, people have gotten to know me better and understand how I am living, coping and thriving with ALS. It has helped people understand that living with ALS is not a death sentence, it is a choice of living and making the best out of a difficult situation that life has dealt me. The blog has become like therapy to me – knowing that my articles inspire some people has been motivating me to keep writing. Being told that my blog has helped make someone feel better in some way is so rewarding; it is a form of healing and cleansing for the soul. In the fall of 2016, I decided to redecorate Zeid’s room, turning it from a teenager’s room into a room for newlyweds for when they come visit us, ha ha. Last but certainly not least, I ended 2016 with a bang: our family vacation. It was the cherry on top of my perfectly iced cake.
Now that 2017 started I need to find new goals to achieve, new hopes to pray for, new dreams to think about and new challenges to conquer. Here’s to a happy, and healthy 2017 everybody.