For all my talk about “speaking up” (see previous blog posts), I haven’t been true to my word. That hurts.
I’ve failed to voice my own truth. Blocked it. Denied it. Imagined the worst if I disclosed the “secret.”
I took a very tiny step to sharing my story on Facebook on Oct. 9 with the headline “Infusion day” with this photo.
And when friends asked what was going on after seeing this cryptic message, I said:
New MS drug Ocrevus. Replaces Tysabri.
“I didn’t know,” “Thinking of you,” “Sending you warm wishes,” were among the responses. As the conductor on the denial train, readers would just have to imagine some more; figure it out, whatever.
Then this morning I read Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. These words, these authors, were speaking directly to me. The book presents real stories, offering practical advice for life’s challenges. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Speaking up, I’m also sharing the story I submitted to the Dallas Morning News several months ago (it hasn’t been picked up) before I started on my current course of therapy with the new MS drug Ocrevus.
I feel better now. Much better.