Well, 2016 is in the books. Our family marked several milestones and endured several trials. In other words, we experienced life. Hopefully we emerged stronger and smarter. Well, stronger anyway.
On the debt front, we paid off $10,809.29. Not our best year, but a decent number nonetheless. I hope that younger folks who happen upon this blog have a moment where they realize how long it can take to dig out of stupid. Maybe it will keep them from making the same mistakes.
Our family's word for 2017 is hope. The first-ever treatment for DS's disease was approved by the FDA before Christmas. We are anxiously awaiting the drug company and insurers to sort out the numbers (estimated cost for the first year is $750,000). While the drug has not been tested on adults, there is HOPE that it will benefit them as well as the kiddos who have seen such remarkable results in clinical trials. After 23 years of living with a life-threatening disease for which doctors offered NO hope, we are overwhelmed and overjoyed.
DH and I spent the first day of the new year with our week-old granddaughter. If a new baby doesn't inspire hope, I don't know what does.
Time for a fresh start. Happy New Year, everyone!