I’m Eva and this is my personal journey blog. I’m a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage and stroke survivor, moving forward with my recovery. I’m taking some family, friends, and blogger buddies along for the journey.
My first blog, lilicasplace, just celebrated her fourth blogiversary recently. I started it in February, 2013 as a journal of my writing journey, but it got sidetracked with things that were going on in my life. Now that I’ve created this very special blog, I can focus lilicasplace on writing, book reviewing, and other special writing related endeavors I undertake.
It’s also a celebration of my life. The fact that I survived a TBI (traumatic brain injury) in itself is miraculous. I get that. I’d be lying if I said everyday is a good and pain-free day. I still struggle with my recovery. It’s just a matter of loving the ‘new’ me. I’m the same, but different, if that makes any sense.
I’m still as intelligent as I was pre-bleed, but I have to process things differently. It takes me longer. I’ve always been the sensitive type, even more so now. I get overwhelmed easily and when I do, tears come and I tend to stutter. Then I get frustrated and angry. I work on that constantly. I fear things now that I never did before; working on that as well.
On February 17, 2017, my new neurologist diagnosed me with Syringomyelia after another series of MRIs. Right now, it’s a monitoring situation only. I’ll have another cervical spine MRI in six months to see if it’s expanded or grown. I’ll be posting about that, too.
I am fiercely loyal. If you need someone to vent to, whether you are a survivor, caregiver, or family member – I’m here. Nothing will be repeated on my blog without permission and would be kept in complete confidence. That’s another reason for this blog. I want to be an advocate for stroke survivors and their families too.
I know what it feels like to not have anyone to talk to that understands what I’ve felt and what I feel. When I first started blogging, I had a minimal support system; luckily I found a few truly genuine souls that I was able to open up to, and those few bloggers I now call my friends. 🙂
I use this little space for journaling as well. The only re-blogs you will find are The Coming Clean About My Stroke Series – Parts 1-6, which were re-blogged at various points from lilicasplace. Any other stroke or hemorrhage related writing will be written on this blog from now on.
Thanks again for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere, and I hope you’ll take the journey with me. Please bear with me while she is under construction. She has a way to go.
Updated: February 20, 2017