I need to find a new reference

I find that when I speak about happenings, or anything else that can be referenced by a particular time, I say, "before I got sick", or "after I got sick", or "since I got sick". The "sickness" that I am referring to is the darn attack on my brain (not Appy-Gate, but I'm sure that will come) in June 2006. I have felt for some time that I need to stop using the attack as a reference point. I don't need reminders.

"When I got sick" is a poor reference. It's so negative and sad. However, it was a life-altering event...kind of like marriage. hehehehe For myself, it wasn't just a diagnosis of MS, or the solving of years of annoying and sometimes debilitating symptoms. It's as if I was faced with the fork in the road, and I found myself not on the path less taken, but fumbling through the bushes.

So could I change "before I got sick" to, "since I became a wilderness guide"?

Or how about, "since I went berry picking"?

Or, "since I took a wrong turn at the pinata"?

"Got sick" also seems to imply some current state of illness. No, I'm not having one of my, "Maybe I don't have MS" moments, I just don't feel sick.

So what other references have occurred in the past 2 1/2 years...

"Since I started to blog"...

"Since I stopped working"...

Nope. Those won't cut it. The first is too non-specific, and the second is depressing.

"Since I became a kitty-cat masseuse"...


Thanks for helping me work this out.



UxCritter said...
January 6, 2009 at 8:04 p.m.

Hi Emily! How about the life changing "since i joined etsy!". A fun environment with lots of great people and wonderful support. I'm so glad you don't feel "sick" anymore. (((Hugs)))
~ Ux

corina said...
January 8, 2009 at 9:10 a.m.

how about BC...before corina...haha

we knew each other before you were diagnosed but who knows if we would have become bffs if we just remained work buds.


Granny Two Shoes said...
January 8, 2009 at 2:11 p.m.

Interesting blog, thank you for sharing this

Ladyfingers said...
January 12, 2009 at 8:39 a.m.

How about "since I became a stand-up comedian"?

By the way, you do still work but because you enjoy it and are self-employed you think that you don't.

I think you should write a book. So,stop sitting in the bush picking those berries.

Mom XO

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