Recently my daughter noticed she was having trouble swallowing. This perplexed her until she realized what day it was: Jan. 21, the anniversary of the day she wound up in the ICU back in 1998.
What put her there was Guillain-Barre syndrome, an auto-immune disease that attacks the peripheral nervous system and, in Abby’s case, paralyzed her right up to her eyeballs and nearly killed her.
In “The body remembers,” Abby muses about the fact that she gets symptoms every year even though her conscious mind doesn’t mark the anniversary.
“Somehow it’s comforting to know that at least part of me is aware of the event that essentially shattered my life,” she writes. “Granted, I rebuilt it, but it was piece by piece – and in the right light, you can still see the seams.”
My strong, strong daughter. Visit her site, won’t you?
A few more reads for you, none of them about GBS:
The frugal lifestyle: Are we missing out on life? at Consumerism Commentary
It doesn’t matter how much I weigh at Identity
When more expensive is the better deal at Penniless Parenting
Do money books for women hurt women? at the Sugar Mamma Chronicles
Save your soles with regular shoe repair at Savings.com
A marriage needs three wallets at The Women’s Wallet Perspective
The roach diet, or: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the dirt on BlogHer (that’s Abby again)
6 ways to avoid the temptation to eat out at Money Ning (go on the roach diet, maybe?)