It was fucking terrible.
I had a couple real good things, but with all the real bad things, they're all just sort of tainted:
- Civil unioned my partner. We had originally planned to do it just for insurance reasons (joke was on us though, the company decided that this was the year they'd stop covering domestic partners/common-law spouses/civil union partners), but it also made my mom very, very happy.
- Saw my favorite bands with my favorite people.
- Took Rob to St. Louis for the first time. We partook of very cheap alcohol and the Courtesy Diner.
- Settled all the tension with my mom/stopped letting my father's abuse of us all ruin my relationship with her. We actual even became friends.
- I got awesome free boots from my grandpa and step-grandma's feed and tack/cowboy gear store.
- Saw some family I actually like and had not seen in like at least a decade.
Now for the bad:
- My mom got sick and died. She probably would have lived had her doctor followed up on the multiple requests to order further imaging on a nodule found in a chest x-ray my mom had done while in the hospital with pneumonia in January of 2015. In the spring of 2016, she got sick. She kept going to the doctor and her doctor never once ordered a basic chest x-ray, but told my mom it was pneumonia. That went on for months. Then my mom started growing a tumor on her scalp. The doctor referred her to a general surgeon and then a medical oncologist once the general surgeon said the tumor was definitely malignant. My mom finally got to be in so much pain that she went to the ER and they like immediately found very advanced lung cancer. Since she lived in Arizona and all of our family is in Illinois, she ended up having to take help from my abusive shit pile of a dad and we're all pretty sure he hurried her death along, but no one bothered investigating it until after she'd been cremated.
- The stress of that whole ordeal basically broke my ability to absorb serotonin so I had bad, bad panic attacks for a couple months before I got on medication. I am also now experiencing depression for the first time in my life and it's miserable.
- I was not able to get on Rob's insurance after all and my insurance premium went up $100 a month, even after my subsidy basically tripled. It's an ACA plan, so I guess I won't have to worry about that high premium for long, right?
- I tripped over a curb in June and bashed up one of my knees really bad/skinned that knee from mid-shin to lower thigh. Then, three days after Christmas, I took a nasty spill on some black ice and bashed up the other knee equally as bad. I now feel like I am about 70 years old when I walk down stairs.