Today is January 3, 2008. It is the second anniversary of the first time I took Serrapeptase or the first day of my third year of adventure. This is a day, which, just a few short years ago, I could not reasonably have expected to see. My Serrapeptase Adventure has shown me repeatedly, how thrilling life can be when predictions are proved wrong, and the unexpected becomes an accepted part of every day.
At the beginning of a bright new year, I find myself looking forward to the opportunities, which lie ahead, and to the challenges through which I will continue to learn on my way towards reaching them. I am sure that 2008 will give me many things to write about and I look forward to continuing to share My Serrapeptase Adventure with you.
In a recent interview, soon to be published, I was asked how it felt to look back at the time when I was so ill, in the context of my continually improving health and all that I know now. My reply was:
I feel like two different people… I can now talk about that person who was ill from the point of view of the person who is positively not ill.
I am also aware of the third time in my life; the time before I became ill. I have always had cerebral palsy, but I was not sick ill, so I can also look back to find the things which interested me before my life was dominated by my health, or the lack of it, or even the recovery and continued improvement of it, which My Serrapeptase Adventure represents.
It is with this in mind that I am looking forward to returning to the research and writing which I started so many years ago, and which I had to stop when my health became an unavoidable preoccupation.
The challenge of living with a disability always has been of great interest to me. My own experiences have taught me that living with a disability, while not being dominated by it, requires a delicate blend of personal determination and the support of others. It often means combining one’s own knowledge and experience with support services provided by people whom one hopes, for their own sake, will never need to use them. It is a collaborative approach, which can lead as quickly to great achievement as it often does to conflict and misunderstanding.
In the early 1990s, I began researching and writing a series of books, which address many of these issues in the contexts of health, education, employment, and social care.
I have set up The Disability Maze Books section of this site, which will track the progress of my research and writing and, eventually, the publication of the books. I am looking forward to 2008 being the year in which I can make some real progress towards achieving that goal which I had set myself so many years ago.
My Serrapeptase Adventure, of course, will remain one of my major priorities in terms of both learning and writing, but I think it is fair to say that among the many things it has already given me is a real future. I am in the unusual position of looking back to what happens next. It is a challenging view, but I am as confident as I can be that it will be an exciting one and I am looking forward to sharing it.