Why not me?

Some people appear baffled when I say that I am lucky. They expect me to bemoan my health challenges with "Why me?" I have never seen myself as a victim, even as a young girl with severe ulcerative colitis, and then an ostomy, I thought "Why not me?"

This attitude persisted into adulthood when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and then Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. 

Now, in my 50's, living a vibrant life, I have decided to share my stories and just completed my memoir. Will I get published? I'm not sure, but "Why not me?"

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Solar Power

Recently, I received a compliment that left me glowing. While chatting with a friend, she looked at me and said, “Yeah, but you have...

Standing Alone Together

Yesterday, it popped up on my phone that Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with MS. I have been following her career since the...

Island Time

Since moving to the Bahamas, I no longer wear a watch - I’m living on “island time.” I’ve let go of the frenetic pace of city life....

Dancing Queen

My morning smile came today in the form of a compliment. I’m pretty sure it was unintentional, but that’s what made it all the better. A...

Hopelessly devoted...

I have written one fan letter in my life and it was to Olivia Newton-John. When I was nine years old, my Aunt Jill took me and my cousin...

Trashy Tales

People have been disrespecting Mother Nature. Again. My husband and I took part in a corporate “Park Clean Up” day and it made me imagine...

Steps Towards a Cure

Today was my 20th consecutive Walk for MS. The anniversary made me reflective. I was diagnosed with MS in October 2001 and signed up for...

Mum's the Word

Be silent about my Mum? No way! I won the Mum lottery and I know it. She’s easy to celebrate, and it’s her day so I am here to say just a...

Birthday Blues

I woke up melancholy today. I felt on the verge of tears all morning and wasn't sure why. Something felt missing; it was a longing - I...

The Power of a Flower

I have been having a hard time writing my blog. It feels trite during this time; inconsequential. The war in the Ukraine has made me feel...

Old is New

Over the last 10 months, my MS symptoms have been coming and going and my stamina has been compromised. I’ve had to harness the power of...

Happy February 14th

I don’t usually post on my blog when it’s a known holiday. Until this morning, that, coupled with the fact that I’ve always thought...

I want to Par-tee!

My husband has wanted me to do this for a long time: he’s been very patient and the wait is finally over. Get your head out of the...

Joy Is Easily Transmissible Too

I haven’t felt like writing lately. Anxiety about Omicron left me feeling raw: exposed and jumpy. Recently, when some of our family came...

On the Rocks

I have always been fond of Frosty the Snowman, “the jolly, happy soul.” Yesterday, I plunked into an ice bath and channeled that innate...

Express Yourself

A friend of mine recently had her tattoo modified to reflect her time in the Bahamas. I just bought some conch Christmas tree ornaments...

Boater’s Knots

Bad hair day, great boat day! At the end of an epic day at sea, my hair had a story to tell. My fingers jammed as I tried to weave them...

No Parka Required

The clocks fell back on the weekend, a sure sign that winter is on its way. There is a seasonal shift in the Bahamas. The palm fronds...

Me, Michael, Madonna and an MRI

In the past, laying perfectly still was the hard part of an MRI, not suppressing a smile. I have learned to play mind games to endure...

"Mother Nature’s Masterpiece"

To me, orchids are sculptural, like art. One of my favourite flowers, I’ve often felt guilty about discarding them after their flowers...

 

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