The Absent Lady, 1942.
Being positive and optimistic is so vital for me; I only really did notice quite how true that was in 2009.
After I ended up being 24/7 in bed, with a deep pressure wound which kept me there for 2 years, from 2008 until 2010.
I was so depressed that I did not even realise until 2009, quite how down I had been up to then.
Writing my blog, every day really helped me understand what was going on. it gave me the room to think.
The other good effect was it helped me to be totally honest once more, also
with myself; this has been so good for me.
It has helped my communications with Richie and everyone else too, finally I could talk about how I was, instead of giving a blanket response of I am ok.
Being able to talk freely has been a good for me, especially as I am an open honest person, keeping people at arms length was not me.
Just saying I am ok tells me now, that I was extremely scared and no wonder it was merely two years after my diagnosis.
Only one year 9 months and already I had an enormous pressure sore, this should not have occurred.
Not if my case manager and mobility occupational therapist at the time had done their jobs properly.
I had only been sitting in a wheelchair since 21st November 2006, if only Anita and Hanneke had done their jobs properly, I would not have lost precious time.