Copy of Dreams: My Private Oasis!

A blog from the past that is still true. I love my dreams!

Sometimes, sleep brings with it a wonderful gift. The gift of remembering the way we used to be and feel before our disease became part of our lives. That gift is our dreams.

I have always had a very active dream life; I've once heard that even when we think we haven’t dreamed it’s just that we don't remember them.  My dreams are almost always big, bold, and colorful. Usually funny and almost always entertaining.

My Private Oasis

But now my dreams have become much more to me, They’re a portal into my former life, when my legs worked as they were intended, and balance meant nothing more than a checkbook term.  In my dreams I run through all kinds of interesting terrain: quiet tree lined streets, bustling city sidewalks, and sandy, white beaches that frame a turquoise blue ocean.  Not only do I run, I climb stairs with such grace, and conquer mountains without breaking a sweat. I dance with reckless abandon, like not a soul is watching.

But then I open my eyes, not realizing that my reality is waiting for me . No longer will I be able to abandon my body, but I will move forward, and wait for my next lovely dream.

Do you dream of your former life?

Till we meet again,

Dawn

Dreams: My Private Oasis!

A blog from the past that is still true. I love my dreams!

Sometimes, sleep brings with it a wonderful gift. The gift of remembering the way we used to be and feel before our disease became part of our lives. That gift is our dreams.

I have always had a very active dream life; I've once heard that even when we think we haven’t dreamed it’s just that we don't remember them.  My dreams are almost always big, bold, and colorful. Usually funny and almost always entertaining.

My Private Oasis

But now my dreams have become much more to me, They’re a portal into my former life, when my legs worked as they were intended, and balance meant nothing more than a checkbook term.  In my dreams I run through all kinds of interesting terrain: quiet tree lined streets, bustling city sidewalks, and sandy, white beaches that frame a turquoise blue ocean.  Not only do I run, I climb stairs with such grace, and conquer mountains without breaking a sweat. I dance with reckless abandon, like not a soul is watching.

But then I open my eyes, not realizing that my reality is waiting for me . No longer will I be able to abandon my body, but I will move forward, and wait for my next lovely dream.

Do you dream of your former life?

Till we meet again,

Dawn

Embracing the life that we have been given!

Do you remember when you got your diagnosis? Maybe you remember everything about that day. Like what you were wearing, what the weather was like, or what you had for dinner. For some of you it may have been like falling off a cliff and never reaching bottom, A nightmare that became reality.  Many of us have a common thread that runs through our bodies, unfortunately, our thread started to ravel and became the disease we live with today .

Focus on the positive

My disease was not exactly a surprise. You see, my sister had been diagnosed in 1996. After a misdiagnosis of Parkinson’s disease she was eventually properly diagnosed with Hereditary Neuropathy. You would think her diagnosis would have made mine a breeze to accept. Not exactly! If anything it made me run scared from any trip, fall, muscle twitch, muscle cramp or really any malady. I did not want to accept that I was losing the genetic crapshoot. My life would forever change with that roll.

That’s it my friends! We need to focus on what we have, not what we have lost. What we can do, not what we can’t!

That is why I am starting this blog, to reach others and let everyone know that we are going to be fine, yes, life does become difficult many times, but if you’re anything like me you just roll with the punches.

I am a certified teacher, but I had to give up my position due to my disease. Teaching became way to difficult to navigate my body through the course of the day. The part that really stinks is, I loved teaching. I truly enjoyed instructing my students in their academic content but also teaching life lessons.

After that experience I embraced my life in a new way. No one would choose to be disabled, but since I am and I have only one life, I’m going to make it count. I’m going to Rock That Cane and let the world know I’m here.

Dawn - Rock the Cane