Looking for answers to life's questions

Halloween was the one year anniversary of my blog. I wasn’t sure I would last, especially with titles. What in the world had I got myself into?

I started this blog to try to find others who might offer insight and suggestions into my very odd illness. I’m four months shy of three years with the most unusual display of Bells Palsy. My face looks pretty good now and I’m starting to be able to drink out of cups and glasses without a straw sometimes, but dizziness and the lack of balance still make everyday tasks difficult. Boy, do I have real empathy for those with invisible illnesses.

If you happen to be over sixty, get your shingles vaccine. I didn’t because my mother was certain I’d never had chicken pox so we all assumed, (there’s that word again), that I was immune. All three (chicken pox, shingles, bells palsy) are from the same virus. I’d nursed my brothers and sister through chicken pox as well as my own children. When my son had them three weeks before high school graduation, he was certain he would die from them. I was pretty worried myself. His younger sister got them a week later with a much milder case. If I’d had chicken pox, how could anyone miss it?

After one year, no one has stepped up to say they have experience this or anything similar. What did happen? I found some wonderful bloggers doing some really great writing as well as other interesting things. I don’t want to give them up by giving up. Every day, I learn something new and often from someone new. I still don’t know how to find bloggers. Thankfully, they seem to find me. Bloggers are helping me learn the technology of blogging. They also help to remind me each day to count my blessings.

I keep a gratitude journal just for that purpose; writing each day the best thing that happened. I don’t miss a day finding that one bright spot. Some days it’s the post that made me laugh out loud. Some days it’s knowing there are others out there I can relate to even in our differences. Writing is what we all have in common. I keep so much to myself in a personal diary. I’ve learned that keeping a journal, a diary, and blogging are all different forms of writing. I do all three. I hope to learn to write more in-depth and more creatively.

Thank you fellow bloggers. You have taught me so very much. I’m not sure what direction I will take from here. It’s time for reflection.

Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous. ~ Confucius

From my heart to yours,
Marlene

Comments on: "In Search of Another Year" (12)

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary. I am also coming up quickly on my first anniversary. I’m sorry you haven’t found anyone who can share their equally debilitating experiences, it’s hard to feel all alone in something like this. At the same time I’m glad you aren’t giving up blogging I enjoy your posts immensely.

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    • Thank you. I’m planning on a different focus. I have searched for the magic to bring about wellness. Now I will search for other things to expand my life experience. I’m glad you enjoy reading it.

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  2. blessings1880 said:

    As always, dearest & most marvelous M, Tge mirror you hold up fir yourself, reflects us each & all. Our Soul’s Journey calls forth such interesting experiences. Gratitude is a portal to wisdom; warts & all :(. By embracing every situation, what was once an overwhelming obstacle becomes serendippitous stepping stones leading to synchronicity! I love you!!

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  3. Beautifully said. Thanks for sharing with us, Marlene. Keep writing and searching. Sometimes what we find is more powerful than what we think we are looking for.

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  4. Have you considered joining one of the forums? Here is one: http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Bells-Palsy/forum

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    • Oh my gosh, Alys. I have search the internet far and wide and you manage to come up with the first place I’ve ever seen with anyone who’s had it more than a couple months. How can I express my gratitude? Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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      • You’ve just expressed it beautifully! I’m so glad you’ve found a group to engage with. When we find others on a similar journey, we feel much less alone. Please be sure to post about your experience if you join the forum. I’m so happy for you.

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  5. High five for your anniversary. My heart goes out to you Marlene and your struggle with your illness. I need to be more thankful for the health of my family. It’s nice to find spots on WordPress that speak to you emotionally, creatively or spiritually. It’s like a little home away from home. The ‘W’ in the top left hand side of your Blog takes you to a page with a index that says “Reader”. Type in any search tag there to bring up other Posts with that topic in their tags…that’s how I find other Blogs that interest me. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

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    • Bless you for the information. I figured if I kept asking, someone was bound to answer. Thank you so much. I love your blog and pinterest site. Everyday, I get to learn something new. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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      • Now that you’ve opened pandora’s box, you’ll have no time for little else…lol You’re so welcome! and thanks for all your visits and thoughtful comments. You’re such a dear.

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  6. tricesweet said:

    I might start keeping a gratitude journal after reading this. Thank you for this inspirational post and good luck with everything! Bloggers unite.

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