Thursday, August 24, 2017

News about Me

Hello friends and fans,

I wanted to let you know what's going on with me.

If you hadn't heard, on December 1, 2015, I suffered from a stroke. It happened shortly after a surgery to repair an unburst aneurism in my brain. A tiny tube via catheter was threaded in my artery from my groin up into my head to the spot where my vessel pooched out and then they filled the pooch with microscopic coils to stop it from growing any larger. Funny... I'd gotten the procedure to prevent a future stroke (or death!) and was the lucky 1% to have that horrible thing happen as a result. Alas... I woke up with my right side no longer under my control and not wanting to talk. I was in rehab for most of December, getting out on the 22nd (just in time for Christmas). There, I learned what words meant again, how to take care of myself, and how to walk again. My husband, mom, boys, friends and family were so supportive, generous, and helped in every sense of the word... and I thank you!

While I've had a pretty miraculous recovery, the creative side of my brain where I'd imagined up stories hasn't returned. I'm not sure what to say about that other than it's a huge let down for me. I would have loved and had every intention of writing another Mer Tales story, and finishing up Lost in Time and starting new series' as well. Sigh.

The good news is that I am writing again, but it's nonfiction. I've started my memoir. It's about my self publishing journey and how the stroke interrupted it... and strangely, how it's been a blessing. I know that sounds crazy, but really, it has been. And how God as been there before, during and now... helping me, growing me, developing me. And while I'm not sure why this has happened to me, I have peace.

So, 20 months later, my new normal is being where things are predictable for me as I'm easily overwhelmed and only have so much energy each day which needs to be conserved for important stuff. When I get frustrated, words don't come as easily as they did before, and I have memory issues with events/details that I just can't recall. One day at a time, right?

Anyway, I'd love encouragement while I'm on this journey.

Thanks for reading,

Brenda