As a Multiple Sclerosis patient, it has become necessary for me to reinvent myself. I have ... and continue to ... refuse to lie down and die, or in this case, follow the normally prescribed drugs and treatments that do nothing to defeat my disease. I am not only surviving by pursuing alternatives, I am thriving. I do the things specialists told me I would never be able to do. I walk and hope to one day even run regularly. I retain my cognitive and creative abilities for the pleasure of my readers. Although you may never see me on my daily walk, you are welcome to read my novel(s) and in doing so, come to ask yourself, "How can the 'out of the box' protocol she has followed, help my loved one with an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis?"
For years I have had to say to the gentlemen in my life, "Umm... I'm sorry but no, you can't join." but now I can say yes, yes, yes. Let's see who do you contact? Debi Eaton, or Nan Marie Swapp on Facebook and pay $8.00 for the remainder of this year and $24.00 for next. They will help you find a chapter and off you go with a critique group.
I can't tell you how phenomenal these groups are. I know I joined and soon became a producing author. No my books aren't killing the market place , but I think that is going to change with the little big changes I make from the Guerrilla Marketing class I attended this weekend. Yes, I think things are going to change for me.
One note: I need to change my writing direction temporarily to write a short a bout PTSD. That will be a chore for me as I have walked away from that world temporarily. If you have a PTSD story, that isn't necessarily a war story, send it to me here.