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For this week's blog, I've asked Nancy Hallo to share her journey in pursuing writing as more than a dream or hobby. I know you will find it encouraging as we celebrate new writers on the scene during this season of Thanksgiving. Be sure to leave Nancy a comment. I know she will reply.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance
and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for
something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie
the definitions of which are as numerous as the lucky individuals who attain
this well-earned status in their lifetime.Goals of retiring are vary though often include travel and spending more
time with family and friends.
husband’s dream for retirement was to reside in a waterfront community,
embracing the expected perks of fishing, boating and cooling gulf breezes; a
dream that we have been blessed to realize, though a few years before I was
eligible to collect my earned monetary benefits.As I somewhat patiently counted down the
years, then months, then days until I could apply for and receive a monthly
check from Social Security, my dream continued to be the pursuit of my writing.
I began suffering gradual neck spasms and the sensation of heaviness and
extreme range of motion deficit nearly five years ago, I sought medical
attention.Multiple specialists were
consulted, numerous tests performed, and several therapeutic and pharmaceutical
remedies recommended, prescribed and employed; with no definitive diagnosis or etiology
nor relief of my symptoms.
visiting with a neuroscience specialist in June 2015, her physician assistant
recognized my ongoing syndrome as that of torticollis.
Cervical dystonia, also called spasmodic torticollis, is
a painful condition in which your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing
your head to twist or turn to one side. Cervical dystonia can also cause your
head to uncontrollably tilt forward or backward.
A rare disorder that can occur at any age, cervical
dystonia most often occurs in middle-aged people, women more than men. Symptoms
generally begin gradually and then reach a point where they don't get
There is no cure for cervical dystonia.There also is no known exact cause, though I
remain quite certain that my years of employment as a transcriptionist
absolutely aggravated my condition.That
my chronic and worsening muscle pain, pulling and deteriorating range of
movement negatively affected my quality of life became more evident.The stress of maintaining the position
working at my desktop computer exacerbated my neck pain.As I looked toward my eventual retirement, my
hope was that separating myself from the posture required during my workday
would provide benefit.
In the spring of this year, retirement benefits
commenced.Unfortunately, my dystonia
symptoms progressed, even after therapies to include quarterly botulinum toxin
injections, muscle relaxants, pain medications, cervical injections,
acupuncture, strengthening exercises, as well as physical therapy.
Nancy Cox Hallo
With the freedom, time and desire now at hand to pursue
my lifelong dream of being a writer, I found myself less than motivated as I
allowed my disorder to define me.The discomfort of constant neck spasms,
coupled with the inability to bear the weight of nor hold my head up distracted
efforts at achieving my lifelong goal.Mild
depression led to reconciling that perhaps dystonia would destroy my dream.
much encouragement, direction and support from my dear friend of 50 years, the author
Novel Creation, I was eager and thrilled to pen a personal blog
describing my newly achieved retired status and its significance in regards to
my writing goals.
employed as a regular contributor for an on-line home health care aide publication,
I continue to hone my research and writing skills.I’ve become aware that celebrating the
accomplishment of my writing far outweighs the pain and discomfort I have
realized for so long.
determined to achieve my goal of succeeding as a published writer, and with the
persistence of an idea and initial research underway for a young adults’
nonfiction story, I know the most optimal treatment for my diagnosed disorder
is to accept and persevere. I’m learning
to utilize my gifts to strengthen and motivate me.Perhaps it is this current mindset that is
allowing for a mild improvement with my second try at a course of physical
prayers, of course, continue to be for a cure in the very near future.But, I have waited a lifetime to achieve
success in the pursuit of my passion.Refusing to allow this physical obstacle to be a disincentive is my new
I have heard there are
troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from
behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you
see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles
with me! ~Dr. Seuss
Nancy Hallo, a wife and a daughter, a mother and a grandmother recently added the labels “retiree” and “writer” to her resume. After 20 plus years employed as a medical and
legal transcriptionist and editor, she begins her writing career maintaining a
blog highlighting her “salt life” retirement
(http://nancysparadise.blogspot.com/) as well as continuing as a regular
contributor for an on-line home health aide publication.