Old About Me

So my life recently took a very strange turn… From being nomadic and fiercely-independent I’ve suddenly been faced with a severe autoimmune disorder and loss of muscle so extreme I need help climbing stairs. Before I get back into the swing of regular life I need to do some major healing, so this blog will be about that, as well as hopefully the fun and interesting things that happen along the way.

There’s birth, there’s death, and in between there’s maintenance.  — Tom Robbins

I’ve never wanted to stay still. I’ve lived in Iowa, Florida, Oregon, Colorado and California. I’ve driven my car as far as it will go across country half a dozen times. I’ve free-wheeled with a tiny backpack across Europe, pausing to dance at festivals. I’ve taught English in Moscow. I’ve lived in Australia. I’ve bartended at a hotel in a tiny mining town in the Outback. I write novels. I make friends. I dance.

And now I’m so weak I can’t pick up the cat, unscrew a lid, or walk up stairs without help. Oh life, you are strange!

This blog will be for sharing the experience of being diagnosed with dermatomyositis (an autoimmune disorder that degenerates muscle tissue), recovery and following the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol diet, as well as memories, stories, fiction, or anything else I find to keep me interested and inspired during this strange interlude in my life.

Hiking in Hobart
Hiking in Hobart, Tasmania (before things got weird)

8 thoughts on “Old About Me

  1. Meret

    So glad you are doing this. The contrast between your usual independent lifestyle and what life plopped into your lap is extreme. You are victorious already, and your story will inspire others who have any kind of major challenge where they are thrown off course and working their way back to energy and health. Love

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  2. Helen Davis

    What Meret said.

    You were already a heroine to me for so many reasons! I am not surprised to find that in watching you be blind-sided by increasing muscle weakness it has only shown me more and more of your enormous depth of spirit! Here’s to the journey. I am delighted to be by your side!! xo

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  3. Cari Haagenson

    Athena!!! No way! I’m sorry to hear about this. I loved watching you be a nomad and I’ll love hearing your stories! Let me know if I can help in any way.

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