Here's an introduction:
I suffer from Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. "Primary Progressive" means that I do not get breaks from the illness, such as in "Relapsing MS," but suffer a steady and rapid decline of function.
I also suffer from a congenital arthritic condition which led to severe spinal stenosis, with my spinal cord compressed to 1/8th. I underwent surgery for this.
I have a hard time talking about psychological issues. I was raised to think that this is just "whining." The truth is, no one knows how bad I was. I sought help for 20 years before getting a handle on the problems in my head. I'll talk about them here.
- I am adopted.
- I was adopted by a family that was completely dysfunctional.
- I was adopted by a family that abused me physically and emotionally.
- (edited: this topic requires a more lengthy discussion than this short intro allows.)
The psychology of adoption is much more complicated than I ever thought. All participants in the process face serious hurdles that they should be prepared for.
Goals for Blogging
I'm going to chronicle as much as I can about this experience in the hope that someone else may find something useful here!