People frequently want to know where I’ve gotten my ideas. They are a conglomeration of personal and professional experience along with a lot of reading and experimentation.
I want to make a plug for reading Trisha Ready’s article in The Stranger from last week. It is a brilliant piece of writing about healing from cancer with music, and fighting against the pronouncements of Susan Sontag in her book Illness as Metaphor.
While I have not had cancer, I have read Sontag’s book, and recently, a few others on the topic of Language, Metaphor and Writing about Illness and I think Ready does considerable work in articulating the medical aspects, choices and limitations of allopathic medicine along with the possibilities, and need for, less traditional forms of healing.
I am not ready to post my own essay on the topic of language, illness and healing, as I have it out for consideration of publication, but I hope to be able to offer it soon. In the meantime, read Ms. Ready!.
A friend of mine, Kim Poston Miller, is the mother of two boys who both live with forms of Juvenile Arthritis. This is a similar, but somewhat different disease than Juvenile Myositis, but many of the same medications are used in treatment, steroids and methotrexate to name two. What is even more common are the sort of experiences we go through as parents of children with an inflammatory, autoimmune disease. Kim’s way of coping with her circumstances led her to write a book for parents called Living With Juvenile Arthritis: A Parent’s Guide and to maintain a blog.
She graciously asked me to write a short section for her book and has now included me in her blog. This recent blog post describes how I came to write and publish my newest chapbook, The Moth Eaten World, due out in May, by Finishing Line Press..