"Didn't anyone understand? I'M NORMAL! I wanted to shout. I've always been normal."
Knowledge is Necessity. Our stories inform and bind us. Here, you will find snapshots of my life. The first five gushed out of me in a mad stream soon after I was diagnosed in 1999. The sixth is an amalgamation of two reflective essays that followed soon after.
Suddenly, it seemed, my past had a mad coherency. The exercise proved cathartic and healing. This series was part of my original 50 or so pieces when I debuted mcmanweb in late 2000. As a group, they are the only original articles that remain substantially unchanged on this site.
Then I was content to let sleeping dogs lie. Over the next six years, I focused on straight reporting and commentary on my illness, with occasional personal reflections playing second fiddle. Then, in late 2005, HealthCentral invited me to blog as an "expert patient." Gradually, I settled into a groove of opening up about things going on in my daily life. This set the scene for starting up a wider-ranging blog at the end of 2008, Knowledge is Necessity, with an emphasis on knowing thyself. My next three collections of pieces had their genesis there - expect more to come.
Here, also, is a tribute to my good friend Kevin, in whose memory this site is lovingly dedicated.
Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." For what it's worth, here's mine ...
The pic to illustrate Stories is Fragonard's "A Young Girl Reading." We all have stories in us. What the woman in the illustration does after reading one of them is up to her. Who knows, once she gets out of that chair.
Innocence, Reality, Denial, Disaster, Discovery, Healing
A Day in the Life
Life, the Universe, Everything
In Loving Memory