Welcome to the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge brought together by WEGO Health – a social network for all health activists. Again, I am participating in the annual Writer’s Month Challenge in which I will be writing about my health activism and health condition based upon prompts given.
Today’s prompt is as follows:
Post a vintage photo of yourself, with a caption about the photo and where you were in terms of your health condition
What better vintage photograph then one of me as a newborn baby? A picture of me 27 years ago. Here is a picture of me on the day I was born. A picture of me after the damage was done – after the brain stem lesion had formed but would be left undiagnosed for another 24 years. A picture of me where I was a blank slate – nothing bad had ever happened to me, nothing exciting never happened either, I had never hurt or been hurt. A whole lifetime was still ahead of me. My parents dreamt of a life where I fulfilled my potential – university, a career and then starting my own family. Back then, none of us could foresee chronic illness, dizziness, vertigo and visual disturbances as permanent fixtures in my daily life.