Last year at this time I had been in surgery for about 2 hours, with another 2 and a half still to go, with about 90 minutes of that time being on heart bypass.
It has been a busy year since then - mainly because my energy levels are so much higher now! And in addition, I want to be more active and to get out and about more often.
I am now spending less time in front of the laptop screen (hurray!) and more time seeing friends and enjoying life with my family. I have a new bike...actually, I have my first EVER bike - at least it is one that is neither borrowed temporarily from a friend nor a branded freebie (from the company that built our house) that never suited me in any case.
I have increased my working hours up to 25 hours per week since April and this is going very well, giving me more time to get things done at work, but without impacting much on life outside work - I certainly have time to run errands before the school run, or go for a walk if the weather is good, for example.
I had told my daughter that once she was six years old and once my heart surgery was over, and I was completely recovered, that she could have a pet. In February she reminded me of this promise and so we now have 2 cats, adopted from Cats Protection.