I have toyed with the idea of creating a blog off and on for years now. When I asked my husband to read my first post, his comment was "I'm surprised it took you this long."
Growing up, I was always taught to be strong but silent. Not to make a big fuss or have a big fuss made. That has stayed with me all of my life. I don't like a big fuss being made about me. I stay quiet when I'm hurting, usually the only one who really knows how I'm feeling is my husband. When anyone else asks me, I say " I'm fine" Even when the pain is so bad and I'm on the verge of tears. I stay quiet.
Recently my mom passed away and her passing has inspired me to do what I should have done years ago. Hiding in silence isn't going to educate the people around me about these diseases. I'm tired of watching the commercials with misinformation on t.v. and being around people who make ignorant comments. Whether it be intentional or not. It's time for me and people like me to be heard so maybe we can make a difference. It's time to find a solution to the problem. I choose to believe all of us together can make a difference.