Christmas Resolutions and New Years' Wishes -- A New TraditionThis time of year we generally send out Christmas wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and then a week later we are making solemn promises of how we will change for the better in the new year.

I think we’ve got it wrong.

What if we resolved to live those holiday beliefs throughout the year? We’ll be kind, smile more and do our best to make people feel a little better every day, the same thing we do before Christmas.

Then, from Dec. 26-Dec. 31, we’ll make a list of what we wish would happen 2014.

I’ll start.

Here are a few of my wishes for the New Year.

I wish all my friends who couldn’t get insurance before Jan. 1 was able to find an affordable policy, one that covers the treatments they need at a reasonable price.

I wish everyone who suffers any kind of auto-immune disorder has more good days this year than last year. I hope they feel better from the time they wake up until they fall asleep at night and that lets them accomplish the goals they set for themselves.

I wish more treatments would come on the market for more diseases. Personally, I wish some new classes of medication would appear with drugs I could take and even better, drugs that work and aren’t the price of a new laptop for each treatment.

I wish the laws would ease up on all the chronic pain patients. I’m tired of being treated like a convicted felon every month when I show up in my doctor’s office to get refills of my federally controlled medications. I wish my doctor’s staff members would at least try to act like they believe me when I tell them about the pain I’ve dealt with the past four weeks. I wish the lab techs would stop charging me for the urine tests I have to take (and flunk) every so often to prove I take  my drugs.

In short, I wish all doctors would treat RA and auto-immune disease patients with more respect. If you’ve had this disease more than a decade, my money goes with the patient on who knows more about the disease. I know rheumatologists must be expects on every single disease out there, but sometimes picking a patient’s brain might give the doctors some insight and information that might lead to breakthroughs in treatments and care.

I wish that every one of us has a few outstandingly good days. I hope we recognize those days when they come and do something special, something we enjoy and rarely get to do. I know every one of us deserves this.

I wish that this time next year everyone who reads this is doing a little better than they are right now, and I hope I’m one of them.

Finally, I wish all of you a Happy New Year.