Welcome survivors, support network and those who are still fighting.  I’ve had quite a few encounters with chronic illness, both mental and physical.  Here I discuss a bit of that journey, what it’s like, what to do if you’re just starting, what to do if a loved one is diagnosed.  If you’d like to view my ideas on topics other than writing, please stroll over to Brabble.  My first journal, Down Unpaved Roads, is dedicated to the art, craft, frustration, joy and obsession that is creative writing.

The posts found in this journal are not about “Jubilation”.  Jubilation (n) refers to a feeling of great happiness, joy or triumph.   These are wonderful subjects, but you’ll find I don’t write about them often.

I am a “Jubilarian”.  “Jubilarian” (also n) refers to a person who has celebrated (or is in the process of celebrating) a special anniversary.  In fact, I am celebrating life after my own personal apocalypse.  That’s another wonderful but badly misunderstood word.  Most think it means “end of the world”  Actually, it’s Greek, and it means “Revelation”.  Think of it as a disclosure or discovery of hidden knowledge.

Life as I knew it ceased to exist on August 17, 2001.  After a decade, through the revelation of hidden knowledge, I began again.  I regained myself.

That’s worth celebrating.

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.” – Will Rogers


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