Living Obliquely

Approximately 1400 people are diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM) annually.
Similar to Multiple Sclerosis, it attacks your myelin, leading to painful and debilitating side effects.
About 33,000 Americans are currently disabled as a result of this rare neurological disorder.
Not one person with TM will ever know their prognosis.
I happen to be one of them.

I am a neurological soup. Since my TM diagnosis, I have developed encephalitis, MS, RSD/CRPS, Osteoporosis (I am 34, no 35, eek), and Chronic Anemia. sucks, but I still rock.


Neuroism of the 4th

No fireworks here, just a neuroism on one of my not-meant-to-be neuro-ite blogs.

If you're curious enough to click on the blog title (it links to the blog post as noted), you'll also see where my interest has remained. Actually, it's a blog I started during my the last class I completed of my MFA before Transverse Myelitis Lightening shot that degree out of the (current) ball park.

It might be your last chance to see my previous blog wizardry (choke on water, need speech therapy kind of wink wink), because I'm thinking of shutting down that blog for good.

In case you forgot what this post was about by now (that would be me), here's the link:


  1. Please keep the old blog open. It is just as intelligent and vibrant as this one is!

  2. Nice post..Informative and useful.Thanks for sharing..


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