This is the Year….

Happy New Year from Zurich, Switzerland! I hope your 2013 was filled with much happiness and good health. And more importantly, that your 2014 will be even better.

Brian and I, along with our two cats, made the flight from Chicago to Zurich on Mon Dec 30, and landed on New Year’s Eve. We had grand plans to go out and ring in the new year down by the lake and experience the festivities and a 20 minute fireworks display, but by 9pm we were too jet-lagged to do anything further. Oh well, hopefully next year we’ll celebrate in real New Year’s fashion. With as good as 2013 was to me, I didn’t really need a reason to party – the whole year has been better than expected and ended with Brian and I starting our new adventure. Really – we couldn’t have jammed anymore excitement into 2013.

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve had the opinion for a few years now that we shouldn’t wait until the new year to make changes in our lives. But with that being said, this year I am making a resolution. With all that’s going on these days, I want to make sure that I don’t lose sight of what’s important to me.

I want to ensure that I enjoy every minute. That I do not waste my time on the unnecessary.

That I notice my surroundings – enjoy every taste, smell, and sight.

Love the one I’m with. And love myself and my health.

This year is going to be a great year…. This year is going to be the year that we look back on in our old age and know that we did it. We made our dream a reality. We enjoyed every minute and made the most of every opportunity.

My goal for this site is to update it more regularly in 2014 with stories of our Swiss/European adventures. But recognizing that this is also a story about living with cancer, I will update it with my experiences of navigating the healthcare system here in Switzerland (as folks back home in the US may find this of interest), and share, in general, what it’s like here when it comes to doctors, medicines, and healthy lifestyles.

For more regular ramblings of my experience feel free to follow me on twitter @a_swisstory (please note, I will no longer tweet from @carcinoidstory as two twitter accounts is just too much!).

In closing, I hope that you’ll find good health, wealth and happiness in the coming year; and that you’ll live every moment with enthusiasm and joy!

“There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.”  – General Douglas MacArthur