Monday, 2 January 2012

Starting as I mean to go on

First off, apologies to any regular readers for my prolonged absence.
There's no proper excuse, life has merely taken over.
My baby girl celebrated her first birthday on 11/11/11 - which was a brilliant day. Everyone tells you the first year flies but it honestly did. A close friend had her first baby on 08/11/11 and when I held him for a very lovely cuddle I could hardly believe Charlotte had once been so small, and so dependent, just twelve short months ago. Now, I can hardly keep up with her. As we say in Derry, 'she could buy and sell you' already!
And then of course the madness of Christmas swallows up December and before you can say diet the New Year arrives.
This year I'm not imposing any ludicrous resolutions on myself. Well, not any that require giving up anything. Rather, I intend to be less hard on myself. Give myself a break.
I figure that learning to negotiate the path along which MS is taking me is a hard enough journey without me putting pressure on myself to be the perfect mother, wife, daughter, friend and colleague as well.
Because I'm beginning to realise that nobody, no matter how hard they try, is perfect - least of all me!
That said, I do hope to blog a bit more often this year. There have been many times in 2011 when I have written a post in my head and then never got round to actually putting my thoughts on here.
In the meantime, here's a very cute picture of my daughter taken on her birthday :)


  1. Your daughter is beautiful. That is an amazing pic. I love her eyes! I can't believe she is 1 already. I hope you enjoyed the holidays. Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks Jodi ... it taken by a friend of ours who's a professional photographer - we're delighted with them all but this is one of my favourites!
    We had a brilliant Christmas and a lovely New Year - hope yours were good too xx

  3. Beautiful photo, looking more like mummy every day! xxx

  4. hi Catherine, firstly your daughter is gorgeous wee dote!!! i've been looking through ms sites all day as i've recently been diagnosed 11.11.11 at 11 lol and trying to decide on a treatment. i came across your blog there and it was lovely reading your story and hearing your positive attitude about ms. its all very new to me so its nice to hear your story and thanks for being so open about it.
    Thanks Nicole

  5. Nicole, thank you for your lovely comment, I hope you find the right treatment for you and that the road ahead is not too bumpy. My only advice is to try and smile through the tough times if you can. Keep in touch, Catherine x