Monthly Archives: May 2014

Celebrate the Small Things – May 30, 2014

Happy Friday blogger friends! This week has gone by quickly and it’s time again to Celebrate the Small Things! Oh, wait…I posted late for last week, that’s right. I posted on Monday for Friday…Doh! vik - small things 2Since I’m fairly new to this blog-hop, I’m learning as I go. It’s a wonderful one, I must admit.

This blog hop was founded by Viklit at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

This blog hop is very easy – just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. Sign up by clicking on the image posted to your left, and feel free to celebrate with others.

Although I can’t say I was as lucky as last week where I only had two bad pain days,  😦 at least I have a few other small things to celebrate.

  1. I finally went to court (closed door meeting at bar association actually) and did my deposition regarding the car accident I was involved in back in 2011, two months before my hemorrhage. (The accident involved six cars total.) I was the first vehicle struck by the DUI, but apparently, the person two cars in front of me is suing not only the DUI, but me and the car that was in front of me as well for ‘neck and back’ injuries. Short version: We should have seen him coming!? I’ve stressed over this date for the past two months. I’m just glad it’s over.
  2. I signed up through a friend to take a poetry workshop. Since I don’t get out much and don’t drive yet, it’ll be done through email, and either Skype or other video chat.
  3. I bought myself a little houseplant earlier this week…Yay. Hopefully I still have somewhat of a green thumb.
  4. I woke up to another day, and little Sophie didn’t hog the bed. :/

Thank you to the wonderful co-hosts for doing an amazing job, as usual. 🙂

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Cyborg Mom (Katie)
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

That’s it for today. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

May is American Stroke Awareness Month!


Time For Some Stroke History-I Think I’m Ready

Hello blogger friends. I mentioned when I first started this blog that I had begun using my writing blog as a place to start talking about my hemorrhage and stroke recovery. It had turned into a series of sorts, that I didn’t get a chance to finish because life kept happening. Rather than start from scratch, I’m going to re-blog those posts onto this blog over the next several weeks, and then continue from where I left off. At some point, it will sync into the present, and I’ll just keep going from there.

I’m still going through a stack of research and organizing a bunch of notes I’ve pulled together in an effort to make this a somewhat comprehensive blog when it’s done. She’s got a long way to go, but given a little time, I hope you’ll all be proud of my efforts. 🙂

The post that I’ll be re-blogging today is the ‘prequel’ post entitled, “I Think I’m Ready”. I’ll be re-blogging the others in 2-3 day increments, until I get them transferred over. For those of you following both blogs, I apologize for the brief period where you’ll see a duplication of some posts from last year, but I promise, it’ll be over soon!


A few people have asked me about my stroke and for the longest time, it was something I didn’t speak of freely unless it was to people directly involved; doctors, family, and close friends; and even to them I’ve left out a lot of intimate details of what I’ve FELT during this journey to recovery. I’ve talked about it in pretty clinical terms with everyone. Now is as good a time as any to just get it all out there. A very wise Aloha man told me once that when I was ready, I would be able to share. I’m going to do my best; although this is going to take several blog posts. I’m thinking at least four. But before I get into all of that, I think it’s important for me to discuss some events that occurred a few months before my bleed.  I guess this is my…

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Celebrate the Small Things

Good morning bloggers. I’m back from NJ, having spent last week taking care of ‘stuff’.

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I’m back now and in time to post my list of things to celebrate this past week. Sorry I’m a couple of days late.

Celebrate the Small Things is a blog-hop that’s hosted by  Viklit’s Writing Blog.

This blog hop is very easy – just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. Sign up by clicking on the image displayed on this post, and hop around and celebrate with others.

There are a few things I have to celebrate from this past week:


  1. I was able to see some friends that I hadn’t seen in some time while I was in NJ
  2. I’ve written my first four paid content articles that have been accepted by clients in the past week. What makes this more exciting is that I’ve never written any articles before. This is all new to me and I signed up for the company and had my writing sample reviewed and evaluated only a couple of weeks ago.
  3. Celebrating that I only had two bad pain days last week
  4. Grateful that today is a good day.

I’d also like to thank the co-hosts for all their hard work!!

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Cyborg Mom (Katie)
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Showing My Appreciation-Written Act of Kindness Award

Good morning bloggers! I hope everyone is doing well this week. I am grateful to wake up to another beautiful day, I’m in NJ this week with some friends and taking care of some business. But today’s post isn’t about what doing; it’s to give an Award to someone who has inspired me in so many ways since I started my blogging journey almost a year and a half ago. WrittenActsofKindnessAward I learned about this award from Cate Russell-Coles, who had this to say:

Success never comes solely from your own efforts. There are always others along the way who give you a hand up; encourage you; or give you that resource, or piece of advice you never could have done without.
When someone inspires you, or if you see someone who is using their writing gift to help others, please take the time to thank them publicly by giving them this award (and the rules for passing it on.)

This award is open to anyone to use. You don’t have to receive it, in order to be able to give it. Please take the details and images off this page and use it to encourage another writer.

The rules for passing it on are very simple:

  1. You are welcome to give it out as many times as you like, but it is only to be given to a maximum of one person per blog post. If you wish to give multiple rewards, please space the blog posts by at least a week, so the sincerity is maintained.
  2. Introduce the person; say how they encourage, help or inspire you; then link to their work and/or social media profiles. There may be a specific post you wish to link to which helped you. It’s up to you.
  3. Please publicise your award post to Twitter or Google Plus using the hashtag #writtenkindness so that others can find and follow the award winners.

There is one blogger that I find particularly deserving of the Written Acts of Kindness Award. Since I began writing my first blog last February, Alex J. Cavanaugh, who is affectionately known as the Ninja Captain, has been a steady and positive influence on me.

Since I began following his blog and joining the Insecure Writers Support Group (which he founded), I’ve  come out of my shell, as a blogger, writer and person. He makes it a point to regularly visit and comment on my posts, and knowing how important this new one is to me, was one of the first to comment on it.

I will always admire Alex for giving us writers and survivors the confidence and inspiration to trudge forward, even on days when we sometimes don’t feel like it.

Thank you Ninja Captain, for making the writing life a little less difficult to live; so glad you’re in mine!


Celebrate the Small Things

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Good morning fellow bloggers!  I’ve entered myself into another blog hop, which I think is a pretty important one considering everything I’ve gone through and the things the people I hope to reach out to have gone through. It’s called Celebrate the Small Things.

This blog hop is very easy – just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. Sign up on the linky, which you will find on Viklit’s website when you click on the image to your left. After you sign up and post your little (or BIG) celebrations, hop around and celebrate with others. Simple!

This week I actually have a couple of things to celebrate.

  1. I had both my CT scan and EEG done so my neurologist can examine them and let me know if I can get behind the wheel again soon. (Keeping the fingers crossed.)   🙂
  2. I’ve been less depressed over the past couple of weeks than I have since the beginning of the year.
  3. I’ve already confirmed with one of my closest friends for next week that I’ll be staying with her; so I’ll be in NJ spending precious time with special people. Psyched.
  4. I applied for a small copy-writing gig and my writing sample was given high marks. I can begin putting in for assignments immediately.
  5. As always, I celebrate the fact that I wake up to see another day.

Until next week,


May is American Stroke Awareness Month – You’re the Cure!

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Hello all, thank you for visiting my blog. First of all, remember that May is American Stroke Awareness Month. There’s a website called You’re the Cure and it is an advocacy website by the American Stroke and Heart Associations. There are so many little ways you can get involved in heart attack and stroke prevention and advocacy by joining this site. I highly recommend you check them out, especially if you or a loved one have ever dealt with the heartache of losing someone to stroke, brain hemorrhage or heart attack, or witnessed the struggles of stroke and heart attack survivors trying to be as close to where they ‘once were’ as they can. I know I’m trying.

It’s a long and often times lonely struggle for me and I’ve lost one too many people I cared about to brain hemorrhages over the last year and a half. Of five people that have had one, three were younger than me, one was older. There is one MAJOR difference. I am the only survivor.

So, please, I promise not to bore you with daily nonsensical posts, but I would like to make a difference in someone’s life. I’m setting a fairly conservative goal while I start the blog up; perhaps two or three posts per month to start. I’ve already subscribed to various pertinent journals, magazines and newsletters devoted to the subjects.

Are you willing to take the journey with me? I can use a few more advocates by my side.




IWSG-New Beginnings, New Blog

I know most of my fellow IWSG bloggers will already know me from my other blog, so I won’t begin this with any formal introductions. 🙂 What I should point out, is that the first thing I did after publishing my first post was sign up for the IWSG!

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Even personal journey blogs need love too! Of course I’m aware of how this works. But for those who are just tuning in, or getting to know me and my new site (my baby), the IWSG stands for the Insecure Writers Support Group and ‘meets’ on the first Wednesday of every month. This amazing group was founded by the wonderful Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and if you are unfamiliar with him, I urge you to visit his blog post haste.

The IWSG offers writers of all kinds  a safe haven to share their insecurities, thoughts, fears and doubts without worry of ridicule or feeling foolish. I’ve been a loyal member since soon after I started blogging last February. There isn’t a more wonderful group of people you will find. Guaranteed. I’ve come such a long way since joining this group. Not only can you post about your insecurities and doubts, you can also post about your triumphs and successes! It’s not all about the trials and tribulations we go through. We also celebrate each others good fortune!

I mentioned new beginnings in my post title. This blog is new for me. After all the recent losses of people dear to me, I started this one to focus more on my life after my hemorrhage and as a way to advocate for stroke and brain injury awareness, prevention, and education. My other blog will slowly evolve back to what she should’ve been all along — everything writing related.

Before I sign off, I’d like to thank this month’s IWSG co-hosts for doing a magnificent job of taking care of us:

Mark Koopmans                              Joylene Nowell Butler

Elsie Amata                                      Lisa Buie-Collard

I’m off to get some work done! Are you finishing up a project? Starting something new? Remember, I’m living proof that it’s never too late for a new beginning!

Until next month’s meeting!