All about my diary of a disease.
Hi, I’m Shannon and I am passionate about writing. Configuring my thoughts and feelings in written words is how I communicate most effectively. In fact, my thoughts even seem to be produced in the form of a narrative, which is what stirs in me the urge to write. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004 and have spent many days and nights learning to live with a body that I don’t quite recognize.
I am a very proud mother bear to three of the most wonderful people on earth born in 2000, 2001, and 2003, and a wife since 1999 to the hardest working man I’ve ever known, even when he’s not working, that’s just how he rolls. We live in Southern California in a small town called Fallbrook that most people have never heard of in a large county called San Diego that everyone has heard of. I’ve lived in this general area all of my life. In fact, when I was a kid we moved to a different city every year from the age of 5 to 11, and still never left Southern California. I was born in 1977 in, bet you can guess, Southern California (Oceanside to be exact), lived a difficult and unconventional childhood and by the Grace of God, I am for the most part, a functioning adult, despite mistake after mistake after mistake of my own. Speaking of God (uh oh everyone gets uncomfortable whenever someone starts going all “spiritual”) I am a Christian, a real one, not just by name, not just on Christmas and Easter, I actually love Jesus and pursue Him on the daily.
Not even kidding, I have been a caretaker of the elderly, a waitress, a bookkeeper (best sustenance ever while raising children!), a tax preparer, a Notary, a traveling retailer at street fairs, a makeup artist, a part time writer, and an entrepreneur of probably a dozen other things that I can’t even remember. (I should mention that the word “entrepreneur” typically symbolizes success and wealth of which I have obtained neither.) BUT, I don’t live by the traditional definition of success anyway, so on that note, I suppose I have been somewhat successful in my many endeavors.
I think it is important to mention that I love chips and salsa. I actually love Mexican food in general, but if I had to live on one food item for the rest of my life it would probably be chips and salsa. Hmm…wait, I also really love hummus.
I have a great family that also loves Mexican food, but that’s not why they’re great. It’s almost unheard of anymore, but most of my family lives in Fallbrook too, and almost all live in Southern California. Funny story, once my Pastor asked me if I could make him a Family Tree, and I thought he meant of his family, and I thought to myself, “what in the world would make him think I am qualified to do that?” Then it registered that he meant a Family Tree of my family since there are so many of us around here. Yes, that makes a lot more sense, so here it is: My mom, my husband’s mom and step dad, my sister and her husband and my two nephews, my husband’s brother and wife and their two children, and my other most wonderful adult niece who was created by my other sister who does not live in Fallbrook, but the rest of us live in Fallbrook.
By the advice of my doctor, and the result of this disease, I no longer work like I used to. I’ll save that story for a blog post, but for the first time in my life since I was 15 1/2, I don’t have an employer. It’s kinda nice, but sometimes it’s kinda not. I’m very thankful though, I can say that. But, no one day is like the next and I’m amazed at the adventures and challenges I face just by simply living, that often make me want to laugh at myself, and just as often make me want to cry. I hope you enjoy my diary of a disease.