“Who me, a blogger?! No way. Who would want to hear what I have to say?”
Over the years, I have had this discussion- about blogging and/or writing a book- so many times with my husband. Who would ever care what I have to say.
As many of you know, I had my first stroke at age 21. One of my primary ways of coping through my four year of treatment and recovery was journaling. I found taking pen to paper was therapeutic and often enlightening. I was so sick at times that even walking was a challenge. I would find joy in simply walking four steps without falling. Yet my journaling was always available to me and a perfect escape from my real life fears and challenges.
Over the years, I have always wished to get back to that mindset of enjoying the simple things in life through slowing down and journaling. Unfortunately, real life tends to strip away the simplicity of sitting in a coffee house journaling. I became a mom with two kids who kept busy volunteering and spending time with family and friends. Along with reality, my perspective and calmness diminished.
Yet, both positively and negatively, I found that simple joy again this year as I confronted my new disease and two brain surgeries. Real life was scary but my journaling brought me peace. Not only did I use my journal (technically a laptop now) as therapy, I also started sharing some of my raw emotions on Facebook. As a National Spokeswomen for the American Heart Association last year, I initially created a community page, ISurvivorLisaDeck, to educate and create awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke. Upon my new diagnosis of Moyamoya disease, this page quickly became used somewhat as a Caring Bridge site. It wasn’t my intention but it was the easiest and most efficient way to communicate with my family and friends who were worried about me. I used this page to share my messages and to gain confidence and support from my friends.
Now that I am working towards a full recovery, I have decided that a blog is needed. Sharing my real feelings through my experiences helped me tremendously but I’m not ready to stop. I have just realized that Facebook probably isn’t the place for over 300 word posts 😉 So accidentally, I have become a blogger….I’m just now making it official. I hope you’ll come on this ride with me!