A Twist of Fate

Before I was a Writer…

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I was a Potter!

Then one day…everything changed!

October 26, 2000…was a day I will never forget, even though I’d like too. It was a day that changed my life and not for the better, although maybe it has and I just hadn’t realized it until now! When I woke up that morning, little did I know my life was about to change. It started out just like any other day. I had thrown some mugs, then cleaned up and got ready for my chiropractor appointment. I’d been going to a chiropractor for years, so it wasn’t a big deal…so I thought. But something happened while he was working on me. For a few “long” minutes, I couldn’t move! I remember thinking…that I might not ever walk again. They put me in a wheel chair, wheeled me to a back room, and after almost an hour with ice on my back, I was finally able to walk out of the chiropractor’s office…but not like I had walked in, and I was in excruciating pain! A few weeks later, I found out that my chiropractor had herniated my disc…the disc between L3 and L4. I wasn’t able to have surgery because of the position of the herniated disc…it was pressing on my spine. So I went for physical therapy and while going through that, I developed another problem. Seven months later I did have surgery, but not on my back. So not only did I still have to deal with my back problems, I had to recover from major surgery too. I never did get a chance to finish those mugs…never got to put the handles on, or get to glaze them, or fire them…they ended up in the trash.

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Then about a year later, I was diagnosed with “Fibromyalgia.”

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Unfortunately all pottery production came to a stop.

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While I was recuperating from my back injury and my health problems…I was totally bored! It drove me nuts, not to be able to do something creative. But then one day, I had an idea. I’m not sure where it came from, especially since English was not my favorite subject in school. I really never thought that I would actually be doing this, but I did…I started to write a book.

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For the first time in a long time, I was actually excited about something. I fell in love with my characters, and there was no turning back. But when I was able to make pottery again…I put my book away. So, I’ve been working on this book for quite some time now. Every once in a while, I’d take it out and work on it. Then put it away again. But lately I’ve been compelled to finish it! So I put my Etsy Shop on vacation mode, so I could work on my book.

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Now I have two passions…pottery and writing!

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