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"...

GOT IT!

Thanks for helping me work this out.

Emily

4 comments:

UxCritter said...
January 6, 2009 at 8:04 PM

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 AM

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.

;p
c-dazzle

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

Interesting blog, thank you for sharing this

Ladyfingers said...
January 12, 2009 at 8:39 AM

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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