I always start my blogs off that way. If you ever see a blog from me that doesn’t say that first- it is not moi.
I bet you’re wondering who I am. Rest assured, I’m about to tell you!
A few years ago I started writing a book. I did this out of boredom, out of stress. At the time I was recently working the nightshift at a local hospital near Minneapolis as I had done other shifts for the past 10 years when suddenly I felt the need to overwhelm myself. It was a pleasant kind of ‘overwhelm’ but the kind where you eventually figure you have zero control of your life at the time. To cope, you simply respond to your demands. I was working full time 11pm- 7am and going to class at a local private, catholic college from 8am-3pm. I took all kinds of classes throughout my 4 semesters there from Art History, Biology II, Chemistry, Abnormal Psychology, Organic Chemistry, Statistics and many others.
This was in addition to all of the things that need to be taken care of either way, regardless to what you do outside of these activities; cooking, cleaning, laundry, dog walking, dog petting, doggie playtime- these things cannot be skimped on. Where my classmates and friends became stressed- I became creative.
And so, this is where Affliction begins. I started writing with zero idea of what I would ultimately produce. In September 2010 I couldn’t tell you I would end up writing a zombie thriller. I couldn’t begin to estimate ahead of time the hours I would put in for research in addition to the hours I’d put in toward my school work. I couldn’t tell you then that I’d set out for a publisher once I was finished in November 2012 and how eventually it would become a physical copy for sale like it is set to be this Fall. I couldn’t tell you back then how much writing would become a form a pleasure amongst the essays, assignments and research papers I’d write in those two years.
I didn’t have the name Affliction as a title, until early 2011- before that it was just a story. It was something I had control of in my chaotic life. It became something I loved to ‘stress’ over. It was something I looked forward to. It was something that was ultimately a blessing.
At the end of June 2006 I suffered a SAH (sub-arachnoid hemorrhage) in my right posterior communicating artery. In laymen’s terms that’s a brain aneurysm. There’s so much more that can be said about it all- the pain, the coma, the short term memory loss, especially the miracle working that was done so that now only a trained eye can see the nearly 10 inch scar on my head. In one word, thankful would be what’d I’d call it. The support of my family- their prayers along with that of co-workers and friends with the help of trained medical professionals brings me to you to from that day forward.
So now you have this woman you’re reading about that wants nothing more than to be like her grandparents when she grows up, loves her family- her dog Oliver, who besides writing would love nothing more than to clip a few coupons for the weekend shopping trip and most of all share her written stories with you, because at one time- this wasn’t likely possible.
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