Being Sick - A Piece Of My Mind
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius
All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. ~ Pope Paul VI
It's like Forrest Gump said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates.' Your career is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person you are today. That's the exciting part - it's an adventure in itself. ~ Nick Carter
This was posted on Facebook from an artist/writer friend who asked not to be named.
Last two week's we had family emergencies left me tired and drained, but I'm more than happy to help, as long as it gives peace of mind for everyone involved. I'm free-lance so my hours are flexible. However, this week, I went to my own doctor and she's worried about me. Ugh. We have to run some test and get some things checked out. Ugh, again. Well, it's a teachable moment. I have to take care of myself now! My husband is calm and supportive, which is good. Been on the phone since Monday making doctor's appointments and checking out what my insurance will be paying for. This sucks (sorry), but I really want to get back to my projects and art. Hopefully, later tonight, I will be able to.
I hear this a lot lately from writers...It happens more and more these days with more people being connected via the internet.
A writer recently at a workshop asked if we get sick-leave or some sort of writer insurance if we can't write. I said “NO. I wish we would. However it does not happen.” This leads me to my personal situation.
I wanted to bring this situation to the forefront months and months ago and let you know what has been happening to me on a personal level and a business level…however life got in the way.
Many people knew I’ve been sick...some knew I had something wrong with me, I have not hidden this fact from anyone. Some people have assumed everything from cancer to MS...It’s bad, but not that bad.
However, I did not and will not parade my illness around either. Note I still write and work (sometimes burning the candle at both ends) (NOTE: I AM NOT RETIRING EVER), I still do three radio shows on blog talk radio (I am still wanting a few of the staff to come on one of the radio shows in the future), I still write columns in newspaper and magazines, I still review stuff, I still teach college and do workshops...and I live a full life.
However, since August 2015, I’ve also been dealing with a heavy illness. I have started kidney dialysis. I’ve also had many hospital stays and surgeries.
This is a hard task for me to admit, I am sick. This is NOT a part time thing. This will be for the rest of my life. You have to understand that dialysis is three days a week (usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning). It’s a four to five hours a day process and it tires me out. It’s just as a family member remarked, it just comes and I do it.
Note: I still work, listening to audios and writing column on my IPAD, while the machine cleans my blood. By the way, part of this column was written as the machine chocks along.
I don't need to get into how I started on dialysis. As a diabetic, I have had kidney problems for years. That isn't the issue. I still write and so should you! It feels so good to get this off my chest.
A few friends joked around that I do not put in a good day worth of work since I am on dialysis. That isn't true at all. I still review most of the audiobooks and other media projects I get in my office from my dialysis chair...It does not change my opinion on where I do my work.
PLEASE, I don't get cute and say that I listen to a part of an audio or review part of a book for the gist of it. I do listened or read to the whole thing. That wouldn't be right or fair to anyone expecting an honest day’s work or review. I am also in a rewrite of a play to be on the art boards in 2017. I stay busy...I live life.
Those who known me and knew this situation already —Thank you for all of love and support you all have given me...Those who now know—KNOW THIS, I am still here!
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Columnist: Bennet Pomerantz has covered the Audio medium for the last 20 years. He has syndicated newspaper columns, AUDIOWORLD and "Movies of Your Mind", in Affaire De Coeur Magazine. In which he showcase his vast and diverse knowledge of the spoken word medium.
He is also known as a media review critic (books, music, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs) in his weekly syndicated newspaper column "A Piece of the Page". He also is a ranked media reviewer for Amazon.com. http://www.facebook.com/bennet.pomerantz1 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org