All I Want for Christmas Is Everything I Already Have

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by Lena Riedl |

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When thinking of a topic for this column, I considered writing on a winter theme. But then, when I think of December, Christmas comes to mind, rather than the season’s cold weather.

Christmas for me is family and friends, drinking hot cocoa, wrapped in warm blankets, wearing fluffy socks, and listening to festive songs. It’s completing tasks before the holidays, slowing down, and reminiscing over the past year. Spending time with loved ones, being thankful for my blessings, celebrating accomplishments, and giving back to others. That’s what the season means to me.

I’m thankful to be surrounded by wonderful people and good vibes, while feeling supported, and hoping that I am helping others. I’m thankful for this year: in 2019 I graduated from university, traveled extensively, moved into a new apartment, and started writing my column for Epidermolysis Bullosa News. (Read my first and second columns). I am grateful that I am good and healthy.

Healthy? You might wonder why I say “healthy.” But I consider myself to be healthy. I have a condition, epidermolysis bullosa, that is permanently present. But it doesn’t mean that I am sick.

While looking at the good things about December, I should also consider the negative sides of winter. It’s not in my nature to view things negatively — I am mostly an optimistic person — but my sister reminded me to share some of the things about winter that make it hard for me when living with EB.

This is the first “full” winter I’m spending back home in Austria; in previous years, I was lucky to live in the south of Spain, so the full winter force didn’t hit me. But now I realize why living near the sea is best for me — that’s just a little hint for anyone who’d like to buy me a villa on the beach.

The cold, dry air is hard on my skin. During winter, I have to wear tight, warm clothes and cover all my wounds, which slows their healing. But, this is a season filled with anticipation, and after Christmas, I’ll be looking forward to the summer again.


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