There is a part of my personal history that used to occupy this domain - msplaques. It was filled with a journey that mostly involved health issues related to several autoimmune disorders that I seemed to have inherited from time as a Soldier in the US Army. Life is different now. I'd like to think that those former accounts are behind me, erased from memory (and the Internet) and that I get the chance to start fresh.
I like that ... that's more like me.
In 2001 I began exhibiting symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. In 2002 I was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS and by 2004 I was retired from a fulfilling and lucrative career with GE Global Research. I loved life, I lived it hard and strong. I loved life then, and I love life now.
This blog is named the same "msplaques" as the one I started in 2006-2007 ... the same blog that was filled with posts about my health journey (surgeries, procedures, relapses, medications, videos, etc). It was cathartic for me and I know that there were others that identified with my journey. My journey became their journey too.
I'd like to think that I am in the process of "rewriting" and creating life from a different perspective. I no longer view myself as chronically ill ... but more as chronically living. Life is so much better this way. So, in a huge sense I am rewriting my history and my future. No matter what happens on a day to day basis, life will be what I make of it.
Instead of a huge focus on the autoimmune destruction that takes place when the body turns on itself, I want to change my focus to living and the creative process. A new way of catharsis and an experiment. I've learned a lot over the past 10 years. I've learned that many of the limits that I place upon myself are just self-imposed limitations and that the spirit and body had a tremendous capacity to heal.
Let the healing journey begin ....