Tuesday, November 4, 2008
From Zebra to Ass
When I began writing this blog it was after having read a number of medical web blogs. Wow...doctors and nurses blogging! Where do they get the time? And then I thought, if they can do it, so can I. But without as much medical-ese.
So I began this journey. After a short time I discovered a whole MS Blogger community out there. And it keeps growing. Which is kind of a good news, bad news sort of thing.
So here it is, a year later, and I'm still at it. That got me to thinking about what has happened over the past year. Are we any closer to a cause or cure for MS? Have we at least added more ammo to the arsenal? Have I accomplished anything worthwhile? Did I make anybody snort coffee on their keyboard?
This blog details my journey through a life with MS. It's unique but universal at the same time. I have something to say. I can't (and won't) force anyone to read it, or even agree with it. But it is mine, so it doesn't matter if you agree or not. These are my experiences, my perceptions. I enjoy going back over some older posts and can actually "see" my thought process in action. Much as I can "see" the thought processes, growth, and understanding of other bloggers who are on the same journey. I live vicariously through their light bulb moments.
I am not a Pollyanna. I am a positive thinker and behaver, though I have my contrary moments, like everyone. I dislike complaining, whining, and railing. I like action. DO something. Or at least TRY to do something. Stop criticizing the system, the doctors, your family, or the politicians. Make a point, make a stand and take action. E-mail your politicians, your family, or friends, asking them to help you take action. Every chance I get to speak with a politician, I let it be known that I am a person with MS and healthcare is my priority. What are they doing to help me and others with MS? And I sometimes hit 'em up for a donation to the MS Bike Tour.
I think my blog reflects those ideas. Sometimes I'm an amateur entomolgist (trying to encourage folks to not squish so many bugs), sometimes I'm a cyclist and hiker(trying to encourage physical activity as a way to improve my and other's health), sometimes I'm a brain trying to figure mine out. And sometimes I'm an ass.
One of my favourite authors growing up was the Western writer Zane Grey. My all time fave of his stories was Tappan's Burro. I have a soft spot for these creatures.
Which brings me to the point of this blog entry. What takes a year to gestate? A donkey. Donkeys are noble animals, smart, strong, and affectionate, especially if you have treats in your pocket. Kind of like me, really, especially if you have treats in your pocket. This week marks my first "blogiversary". One year of percolating produces an ass. That's me. Or more accurately, my blog.