It was pointed out to me after my diagnosis that I should look for the positives.
At the beginning I agree that this was not the easiest thing in the world to do but over time it has become more and more apparent that the advice was not just good – it was the best.
It’s been almost ten years since that first diagnosis day and my mobility has, surprise surprise, become worse and worse. My positivity, though, has moved in the opposite direction and I’m now a different but far, far happier person. My future plans before that sad diagnosis day had revolved around walking here and climbing there – but as the prospects decreased dramatically I rethought those ambitions and focused instead on another quiet plan I’d mulled over in years gone past.
I wanted to become an author. Not (necessarily) another JK Rowling, but a person who created stories others wanted to read. I eventually completed a few and self published the results. It was all going nicely but un-dramatically but I wanted to get a little more serious about this new craft – and the more I worked at things, the more doors opened.
This month the result is a new publisher – Regency Rainbow – a new book – The Dark Side – and professionally deigned cover works. Next month two of my older novels will be republished with a few amendments and corrections, and further new novels are planned for publication in the months to come. I haven’t suddenly become the new Potter novelist, but the new book is selling well and finally I feel like a ‘proper’ author.
MS is NOT the end – it can be a new start, and just like every aspect of life for the able-bodied or the disabled alike, a little more application can bring rewards. I have the proof, believe me:
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