New story! Accidentally added it's cover photo to my other story (whoops), but I'm going to leave it that way so that the judges in the contest know I didn't mean to edit the story during the time they are judging. I just clicked the wrong story!
I'm absolutely flabbergasted. Thank you whoever gifted me two months of upgraded membership! I can add some of the extra pieces I wanted to but couldn't fit in my portfolio! You are awesome! And so is everyone on WDC!
A bit nervous. I no longer have an upgraded membership, so I started my "blog" as a folder in my portfolio. I've added my first entry. I'm interested to see what people will think of it, or if anyone would be interested in more. I always get nervous when sharing personal stuff like this.
It's been two years, give or take, since I've tried to maintain an active presence here on WDC. I took a step back to focus on my health and family. I'll probably touch on these things in one manner or another in blogs or notes.
In those two years, I have changed a lot, and a lot has changed. The two sound the same, but are more codependent of one another. I can't honestly say my life has calmed down. It hasn't. My husband and I are in the midst of another major change in our lives with career changes and planning a new path for our future.
But, as my health--and mental health--improves, I have been more actively writing. I wanted to see if I could become active in the WDC community. I try not to think about the years lost where I barely wrote anything. Nothing but looking ahead and moving forward!
So, new name--though I doubt anyone would remember me from my old handle anyhow. Let's see how well I can keep up with my profile and submitting writing. I'm excited to enter some contests and trying my hand at some prompts. These writing muscles could use some stretching!
As many of you know (if you catch my various whinings on/off blog and such), I have been rather ill for the last several months. Persistent nausea/abdominal pain and other symptoms that caused a slew of problems, including quality of life issues (it came to the point that I wasn't tolerating most foods and was on an almost all liquid diet). I dreaded trying to eat, and I was chronically fatigued among other things. They tried medications, tests...finally the docs decided I likely had a malfunctioning gallbladder that was causing spasmodic bile release and everything else was resulting from malnutrition (a dietitian with malnutrition....ah! the irony!). SO! I have had a cholecystectomy to remove the little troublesome booger...and the change has been nearly immediate! The very NIGHT I came home from surgery, I had a chicken taco (my specialty--something actually pretty healthy and low in fat and very tasty...but I've not been able to tolerate for almost a YEAR) and I DID NOT THROW IT UP! For the past two days, I have been eating, and honestly the post surgery pain has been *nothing* compared to the damnable issues that had been plaguing me for sooooo long. (Imagine YEARS....it just got to the point of intolerance in the last six months or so...). Honestly, it really is hard to describe the unadulterated happiness I felt when I was able to eat something so simple as brie cheese and crackers and not feel like it was ripping its way through my innards. Simple pleasures for simple minds, I suppose.
Anyhoo, I have been on and off this website for a while...I would get on when I felt 'better' and then off when I got overwhelmed and sick again. Thank you to all who were patient with me. I am going through my emails now...I hope it isn't too late to finish Rising Stars! This last month has been the worst, which is why I pushed my surgery forward so quickly.
Sorry for the book, and the TMI, but I'm just a bit ecstatic that the prospect that at least one of my medical issues has been fixed! (They told me to not get my hopes too high, that there are likely other issues involved...but ya know...for now I'll just take it!)