Hello fellow bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

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Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.


The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG will be Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, (that’s my other blog!) Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend!

Make sure you thank them for all their hard work!

February is here and it’s time for me to get back on track. The past two months have been full of personal losses that have included friends, former colleagues, and family. To say that my depression went into full throttle would be an understatement.

It’s now time to pull myself up by the bootstraps and start moving forward. It’s not easy, but I have to do it. The depression was difficult to control prior to the losses, but the sadness only added to it.

I’m in the Bronx now with my Comai now as I write this and having a good time. My mind is clearing up and my head is on straighter. We’re looking forward to doing some cool things this week, which I’ll talk about in another post.

The plan is to get back to posting regularly again and I’ve been reading stroke, medical, and health related books lately. I’m also considering doing occasional reviews of books related to the subject.

Have any of you suffered from a loss or depression so severe that it’s kept you at a standstill? Would you like to see an occasional book review on stroke, health, etc. on this blog? Just curious.











About My Miracle Life

I'm a writer, blogger, avid reader, book reviewer, sub-arachnoid hemorrhage and stroke survivor, moving forward in my recovery and trying to advocate for stroke and brain hemorrhage awareness and prevention. I'm also slowly working towards independence, driving, my first novel, a memoir and a series of short stories. I've been lucky to have a very small network of close friends to guide me; I've been even luckier to have found an online 'family' of sorts to help me through the rough times.
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  1. I’m sorry for your loss. {{hugs}}


  2. patgarcia says:

    I am happy that you’re picking yourself up and moving forward. Yes, I have experienced loss that deep. Within two years, I lost seven people that I loved. It was difficult.
    As for reading books about strokes or health, yes, I would be interested.


    • Wow Pat, that’s a lot of loss in two years. I’m sorry. I’ve already purchased a few; I just need to get around to reading them. Thanks for the visit and comment. Love and blessings. Eva


  3. Eva, you’ve been through a lot. Continue to lean on God and start working your way back into life.


  4. Juneta says:

    Thanks for co-hosting. Hang in there. Alex said it well, ditto.

    Yes I have experienced that kind of depression, I’ve loss all my immediate family mom,dad, aunts and uncles. I am only child and now my friends play an important role in my life. I feel very alone at times and sorry for myself, lol. *kick self* I have many things to be thankful and grateful for. The “feeling” though I know is temporary and it distorts my POV making it hard to work through sometimes, I just have to tell myself not to believe the distortion of spiking emotions. It usually feels worse than it is, and so far in my life, that has proved true. ,

    I do read info on coping skills sometimes and positive thought exercises and mediation. I have used aroma therapy and music therapy to help cope and affect my moods. Sometimes just allowing yourself to cry, feel it and accept it can help you get past it and cope. Life is tough, but I guess that is living.

    Recently I have had some hardships that caused an identity crisis that stops me cold sometimes, but I am struggling through in hope that with time I will work my way out of it like I have with past trials. Good days and bad days–today is a so-so day. I am grateful for this group, my home, the opportunity to write and share. Life is good even in chaos, if I just look for it.

    Juneta Writer’s Gambit


    • I know exactly how you feel, Juneta. I’ve only reconnected with my brother over the past two years or so, and it’s been by phone. Lost my parents years ago too. I rely on music a lot to get me through tough times, and I love the idea of aroma therapy. I think someone recommended it to me before, and I never got around to trying it. I’m going to have to give it a go.

      I appreciate the time you took to visit, comment, and tell me a little about yourself. You made my day. I’ll be visiting shortly. Hugs and blessings to you. Eva


  5. It’s hard to do that, pick up and move on – and while some of those steps do go in the wrong direction, eventually we win the fight and miracle of miracles we’ve made it out of that pit! Your journey isn’t an easy one, but your sharing it will help so many more. Thank you!
    And thank you for your willingness to share my cover reveal – it means the world to me!
    Best of luck with your healing and your writing journey!


  6. I’m sorry you’ve had so many losses. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to pick yourself up after dealing with all of that. I’m glad you’re with friends who are helping you to feel better. I wish you peace and continued progress in the right direction.


  7. M.R.R. says:

    The last couple of months sound painful. *consoling hugs*

    The book reviews sound like they would be perfect for this blog.


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