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.