Since I can remember, I have wanted to write a book.  I have the stories to share, but I have never taken the time to put them down on paper.  Well, I think now is the time to get started.  Why now you ask?  Well, I’m not entirely sure, but I have just recently started blogging again and it feels good, so I guess it has inspired me to look back on what I really want to write.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I am no stranger to hospital stays and surgeries, and I have the scars to prove it to the ones who don’t know me.

At a very early age, I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus.  I have been through many surgeries, a few shunts, and lots of hospital food trays.  Today, I have zero shunts, zero headaches, and have been surgery-free for 15 years.  This was made possible with new cutting edge technology and the surgeons willing to try something different.  I want to write a book telling my story, not only as a historical record of my journey, but also to give families hope that there are success cases out there.  I am here and healthy and I want all the parents of hydro babies to know that their kids can grow up healthy like me.  Hydrocephalus doesn’t have to control their lives.  I just feel like my story can help in some way, to show the possibility of a positive outcome which doesn’t end in headaches and more surgeries.  It’s time for me to share.

Another reason I am ready to start now is that I found out about a novel writing contest in November.  Even though I am not looking to write a novel at this time, from the site of that contest, National Novel Writing Month, I found another challenge just for me, The Write Nonfiction in November Challenge. I’m going to do my best to finish my book in a month, but more importantly, I am going to start my book in November.  If it takes longer, so be it.  The challenge for me at this point is just to start.  Anything more is icing on the cake.  Wish me luck.

I hope you stick around and read my work when it is complete.  I will try not to make you wait too long.

Goodnight.

Simon.

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