Every writer faces challenges when attempting to write. Challenges like interruptions, family, health, work and life in general. At the moment my primary challenge is health. I am recovering from a second bone marrow transplant for multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer.) I am on a medication named Revlimid which is closely related to Thalidomide. Remember Thalidomide babies? I once worked with a delightful young woman whose mother had taken Thalidomide. The young woman had vestigial arms. She typed and ate with her feet. The medication was first prescribed as a sleep aid before the terrible effects on growing fetuses were known.
I have started on a schedule of three weeks on and one week off the medication. The longer I am on the medication each round, the more side effects, i.e., fatigue and joint pain, I experience. I find I don’t write much while I’m asleep or in pain.
I am sitting here typing in my p.j.s, having spent most of the last two days sleeping or forcing myself to stay awake. I tried to write a blog yesterday and it came out like an outline.
On the positive side after this transplant, like after the first one I started reading short stories, progressed to children’s books and then to adult novels. The skill of editing slowly came back. Then I could revise work I had started before. Now I’m back to actual writing much of the time. I can tell you I missed it.
I’m not complaining, I’m happy to live at a time when my illness is not an automatic death sentence. I know many people have it worse than I do and I have a wonderfully supportive spouse and family.
What Challenges do you face in your writing?