For many years I lived with random aches and pains that would last for a number of weeks, then suddenly go away. Visits to health care providers didn’t yield a diagnosis, symptoms would subside, and I’d go on with my life. Over time the periods of pain would last longer, and I started to feel like a crazy person–I knew deep down that something was wrong, but since the symptoms seemed so random and unpredictable I began to feel resigned to a life of pain with no answers. I tried conventional medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, and naturopathic medicine–all to no avail. I stopped working as a massage therapist because my hands and feet were just too painful to continue.
After several years, many tests and doctors, and a hospital stay, I finally have some answers, and I can start my healing journey.
I’ve always been a thinker, with the intention of writing, but I struggled to find the patience and the focus to actually do it. After a lengthy convalescence in the earlier part of this year, I realized that there is no better time than right now to turn your intentions into actions. My story is long, so I’ll reveal bits and pieces along the way, with some mostly non-illness things in between. My Twisty Tale is not only about my struggles, but also my triumphs, interests, and thoughts about all kinds of things (books, cars, food, travel, food, lifestyle, animals, and food). And hopefully, humor.
The name My Twisty Tale came from two things: I anticipated a non-linear way of telling stories here, and one of my earliest visible symptoms from my arthritis is the twisting of my toes. I feel like my path has definitely been full of twists and turns, and I’m sure yours has, too.
Thank you for being here.