Mustering courage

Yesterday, I took deep breath and read through the proofs of my contribution to the Moving Mountains anthology. I’ve spent the last couple of days trying to get my head around the publication in October of the first piece I’ve ever written about living with chronic illness.

Writing it was a massive challenge for me. Way, way outside my comfort zone of books, birds and plants.

I’ve been on the run from chronic illness all my life. Then, two years ago, I stopped hiding, turned around and faced it.

It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

I wrote ‘A Quince in the Hand’ for Moving Mountains, edited by Louise Kenward; then began a memoir about the traumatic effects of my mother’s illness on my childhood and how it led me to deny my own experience of chronic illness as an adult.

I’m hoping to find the courage to share the experiences in my book with readers, and I see Moving Mountains as the first step on that journey. I’d love you to come with me. I know I’ll be in need of moral support, good company & copious amounts of tea along the way…

You can pre-order the Moving Mountains anthology from Sam Read, Bookseller, Grasmere.

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2 thoughts on “Mustering courage

  1. Sue Bradley says:

    Good luck Nic! For more than 20 years I lived with a debilitating, and life-threatening as it turned out, undiagnosed medical problem. Fortunately the issue was eventually understood and dealt with, so I consider myself very lucky that I now live without pain. Looking forward to showing you around the large blue butterfly reserve – maybe we could make a plan for 2024!

    • dogwooddays says:

      Thank you very much, Sue! I’m so glad to hear you eventually found out how to deal with your medical issue and now live pain-free. And yes please – I’d love to come and see you and the large blues next year. Perhaps we could email and get something down in the diary. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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