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.