I feel like I’ve run the topic of my battle with auto-immunity into the ground for most people, even though there are only a handful of posts about it on this blog. It’s been a rough journey that’s gotten even rougher in the past few months as every pain regimen we’ve tried ends up in failure. My daily life has been severely hampered. I can no longer drive. I can’t even clean my own house. I can’t even manage to open a bottle of water on my own. After 30-some-odd years of independence, this downturn of events has left me with a lot of resentment, not to mention the mood swings and depression that come along with the pain and the glut of medicine that I have to take on a daily basis.
However, after a lot of thought and a lot of talking among my friends, I came to the realization that writing is my lifeblood. Writing makes me happy. While my pain and my current mental state keep me from doing the things I’d like to do presently with my novel work, I should take these experiences, these feelings, and these raw emotions and channel them into something. So, to that end, I came up with the idea of fictionalizing my journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The Siege of Arey
The City of Arey is in shambles after rumors reach the populace that Queen Elisaire is raising the taxes and dismantling the People’s Army. Rather than substantiate the rumors, the people rebel and lay siege to the castle at the heart of the city, trapping the Queen and a handful of her most trusted advisors within. Will the Queen be able to quell the rebellion or find help beyond the walls of her own city? Or will she be left to fend for herself against her own people? Only time will tell.
I don’t know how often I’ll update since setting myself to a schedule has never worked out well for me. I never know when a bad pain day will keep me from the keyboard or if a bout of depression will crush me so hard that I can’t focus. Nevertheless, it’s going to be something I’m going to try. It’s as much a way for me to cope with everything I’m going through as it is a means to entertain the masses. That said, we’ll see how it goes.
So stay tuned, folks!