Today last year I got my official bendy diagnosis.
It was awful.
Not the diagnosis part. Finally having a name to put to the symptoms, being able to make some sense of them, that part was incredible - but that part had happened 8 months before thanks to a chance comment by a friend about her sister.
This time last year my suspicions were confirmed by a rather unpleasant rheumatologist who abandoned me into a new life with no information or follow-up.
Luckily the wonderful folk at the HMSA forum were there to answer all my questions and help me pick up the pieces.
Today we have thoroughly reclaimed the date 31st January in our household. It shall henceforth be remembered as the day Beanie's wedding dress arrived, and (this just in folks) the day I passed my driving theory test.