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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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...

The Chopping Block

I’m back at it. After taking the summer off, the dining room table has become my office again - I’ve missed my padded chair and pecking...

Shades of Blue

My fishy friends mesmerized me this morning; I needed that. I have had the blues for the past couple of days. My MS has necessitated a...

Pink Popsicles

Lately, I have been thinking about that little four-letter word; HOPE. Over the years, my various health challenges have had me on...

I'm your Super Fan

During COVID, my son and I have watched a lot of the reality show, Survivor. I hadn’t seen it since season one (over 20 years ago), but...

This forecast has been brought to you by…

I see the “Bay Creek Weather Station” sign every time I take our dog for a walk and it makes me smile. It reminds me that I no longer...

Perspective in Paradise

I landed in paradise a week ago. I love palm trees, the ocean, sunshine, hibiscus and bougainvillea and now they are part of my daily...

 

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