Castro issues New Year's message
Castro seemed frail during his last TV appearance in October
"Concerning my recovery I always said it would be a long process," he said in the written message, read out by announcers on state-controlled media.
"But it is far from being a lost battle," he added.
The 80-year-old leader handed over control of the country to his brother Raul in July, when he underwent urgent intestinal surgery.
President Castro traditionally sends a message broadcast by state TV and radio to Cubans on New Year's Eve to mark the anniversary of the 1 January 1959 revolution that brought him to power.
"I have not stopped being in the loop on main events and information.
"I have had exchanges with our closest comrades always when co-operation has been necessary on vitally important issues," the statement read.
The president also thanked the Cuban people for their courage during his recuperation."
*Now...on to humans, and isn't it a shame Arafat didn't have something akin to this.