You don't know how many times I receive emails telling me that my words or adventure has hit home for them, that they have found comfort in my words, or have found a way around a specific problem just because whatever I had written spoke directly too them. Now, for the record I must confess that when I sit down to write, it isn't always my words that I find on the page or on the screen. What do I mean by that, well sometimes I don't even remember writing what I am reading off the screen. It is as if someone else had written the words, and I was just the person who sat down and typed them out.
Now if you follow my Facebook page, you will find that what I am about to talk to you about is something that I found out from my doctors yesterday. One of the many reasons I write to you and tell you what is going on in my life, is because I don't have that many friends here in Daytona, and I pretty much have no one to talk to about what is happening in my life and what I am going through. Most of the time when I sit down to write it is to purge my system and just get it out. Once I start to let everything out on the screen I start to feel better about myself and everything else just seems to fall into place. I don't know if you can follow what I am trying to say, so I will break it down just a little farther. See because I really don't have anyone to talk to about my problems, issues, and adventures, I have found that writing them out and talking to you my readers is just like having a close personal friend that I can talk to. You would be surprised at how many times, I have found the answer I was seeking while I was sitting down writing to you all.
Some of you know me really well, others maybe not. Those that know me will tell you that I am a very social person. I hate to be alone, and I love to talk to others, and if I don't have that outlet I start to go crazy. So without having someone here in Daytona that I can really talk to about everything that is happening in my life I turn to my blog and put it all out there. Once I do that I start feeling better, it is like a great big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, and I can finally go on. This is very important too me, because for so many years I kept everything bottled up inside of me, and when I did let those feelings out it was like a volcanic eruption and it was usually at the wrong person. So instead of doing that anymore, I have learned that I can purge my feelings and soul by writing out what I am going through and it is just like having a friend close by that I can talk to.
Now with that being said, I want to go a little bit more in depth about what the doctors told me yesterday and why it has me so scared and upset. But before I do, let me tell you that I have tried to reach out to others, left text messages and called and never got a response so it is time for me to let it all out and maybe someone who reads this will pick up the phone, or drop me a line and of course a dialog will begin and I may feel even better about my situation.
Yesterday, I went to Orlando to see my infectious disease doctor, and of course the news was not exactly what I wanted to hear. Now just for the record, no doctor ever tells me something that I want to hear, it is always this negative stuff, and too me it seems like they have given up on me and have already written me off as dead. But, let me tell you if that is what they are thinking they are in for a rude surprise when I am still here years after they thought I would be gone. So here we go, a purge is about to begin, so if you don't want to hear what is going on in my life at the moment then I encourage you to leave right now. Stop reading what I am writing and log off of my blog, because I am about to tell you everything the doctors told me yesterday, and why I am so scared of what I have found out.
See most of you know that over the summer and fall I was attacked by a vicious bacterial infection called osteomilitis. This is a bacterial infection that attacks bones and bone marrow. It can attack the human body anywhere there is bone. I spent 4 months in a nursing home and 2 months in the hospital. Very painful, and not any fun at all. Anyway, I have digressed a little bit, I want to tell you the exact words from my ID physician. He told me that the MRI that I had done on February 4th showed advanced progression of the bacterial infection and that I would have to go back into a skilled nursing facility to closely monitor the antibiotics that I would have to take. I was also told that the time that I spent in intensive care back in February had caused some serious complications with my kidneys as well as my liver an it looked like I would have to go through Hep C treatments all over again. Which is a big concern for myself, because exactly a year ago, I had an aneurysm due to the fact that the Hep C treatment had weakened the vein to my liver and it ruptured on me and I almost bled to death.
So, as you can tell I have some things on my plate that have made me a bit nervous. But, let me tell you something else that I have become acutely aware of is that by the grace of God and all the many people that are out there praying for me I have been healed and I am closer today in my walk with God then I have ever been before, and I will let nothing and no one weaken that bond that I have finally developed. I can also tell you that when I thought things were the darkest and I felt like I was going to have to face all of this on my own, my phone rang, and I heard a voice from my past. It was my best friend, and someone that I love with all my heart. He told me that he was in trouble and that he was here in Florida and he need my help. I got to speak to him once again tonight and because of our conversation I feel stronger and more sure of myself. I know that I can do this. I can face this demon head on and with the Might of Jesus and the support of my friends and family I am going to survive this.
Just the other night a really close friend of mine told me that he saw God within me and knew that I had a ministry and a mission to fulfill and because of that he knew that I was not going anywhere and that I would beat this malady that has afflicted my body. I know that at times, with the pain, and anguish that I face my faith sometimes falters, but only for a minute. I don't let nothing and no one hold me down and make me sad for long. I stay positive and focused and that is the way that God meant for us to tackle our problems. Remember that God helps those that help themselves, and if we let our light shine for Jesus we will never be forsaken or forgotten.
I have catered to people all my life, I have tried extremely hard to please everyone, I have also tried to rescue every lost soul that I could find and sometimes to the point of hurting myself. I have to tell you that over the past year I have learned that I cannot be like that anymore. I have to do for myself. I have to stand on my own, and I have to fight, because as I found out the hard way, when things get tough around you, you will be standing there and fighting all alone. No one is going to defend you or have your back unless you are very lucky to find your soul-mate. Just the other day I told you guys that I thought that I had given up on love, but here I was putting my heart back out there and I am willing to try again. There has got to be someone out there for me. Someone that wants and needs me as much as I need them. I will remain strong in my faith and I know that Jesus is going to deliver me through these times of trial and I will be victorious and I will not have to face this all by myself that He has someone out there for me that is willing to stand by my side and will keep me fighting and keep my head up and my confidence high. I know this as sure as I am sitting here talking to you.
God will not forsake me in my hour of need, He will not leave me hanging and defenseless. He is not that kind of God and the closer I walk with Him the more of His divine plan I see, and I know that there is someone just around the corner, just out of sight and reach at this particular moment, but the time is moving faster now and I know that before I wait too much longer the person he has for me will be here and I will not be alone anymore. I have no more doubts, and my fears are laid to the side because as I approach this new year I feel and sense that change is in the air for me and those around me. Life is precious and it is a great gift that God has bestowed upon us and we must maintain it and claim it in His name.
Like I said earlier I have done for others to the exclusion of myself and I will not and cannot do it anymore. So for those of you who are my detractors, those haters that have something against me, or want something from me that I am not ready or willing to give, trust me when I tell you to shove off and move on there is nothing here for you anymore. See my life has become more intense and I have a network of friends now that are supportive and will stand with me as I face the coming days. So what is it too you what I write about? What I disclose on Facebook or in my blog? You have no claim on me, you can't tell me what to do. If I am hurting you in some way, I am sorry but I have got to be the person God made me and wants me to be. I am a book that needs to be read, there are strong and powerful lessons to be learned from me and my example, and because I won't listen to you, you want to tell me to stop putting my life out on social media. well screw you! Who do you think you are? You certainly don't think that I am going to stop just because you said I needed to, do you?
If you can't abide by my decisions, and you don't like how I put myself out there, then I guess if you don't want your business told on your interactions with me you need to move on. Because there is nothing hidden in my life, and if you want your participation hidden then I suggest you don't participate with me, because I am telling you anything that happens in my life is going to be shared with my readers. This is what they are here for. They want to learn from my mistakes and they like the way I write, therefore I am sorry, I am not going to change for you!
All my life I have dealt with people like you wanting to control me for your own gain, to use me and what I can do for you. But honey it is too late and I have been about used up. I am moving on so should you. I haven't got anything left for you. There are always going to be haters out there and they will always try to pull you down, they can't stand to see you happy or you succeeding but too bad I am not up for grabs, I have my eye set on a prize and I think I am going to claim it and make it mine finally. Personally I have waited a long time for a specific person and if they still aren't ready now, I am willing to wait some more.
I hope you can understand what I am saying, where I am coming from and the direction I am heading there is no room this time for others to hang on and drag at me. I am free, and I am going to fly, and when I do, I am going to do it with or without your support.
As always my hopes and dreams are with you,