|Article in Emphasis magazine|
One thing I've always dreamed of doing is writing a book. I've always wanted to do this ever since I was little, as I love reading books and I love writing. I'm one of those people who cannot physically walk past a book shop without having to go inside and come out with a handful of books. I've more books loaded on my kindle than I can manage to read and I love real books too, so have bookshelves full of books everywhere around the house. There is something special about holding a book in your hand and the thought of holding a book I've written myself is a dream I want to make come true.
After acceptance of terminal illness and facing an uncertain future and then being given your life back, part of recovery through all these stages is finding some purpose in life once again. You suddenly have your future back when you thought you might not have one.Then you have to find what you want to do with that new future. It's similar in those stages of being chronically ill, part of coping is finding new interests for yourself when your unable to do things you could do before. Some people strive to get back to work, to a job or career they've always done or they're forced to start anew and find fresh challenges.
|Article in Woman's Weekly Magazine|
When I was sick, I still used to look for challenges and opportunities - things I still could do - that's when I started writing and I set up my blog. It gave me a purpose - a chance to raise awareness about subjects I was interested in and a chance to use my photographs - photography was another interest I found while feeling poorly. The two went hand in hand and now one thing has led to another...