I’m with Brad Pitt on this one. Also, growing up in Missouri, if I wanted to share some accomplishment, an award or good news of my day, I would always preface my sharing by saying “I’m not bragging but…I got an A on my spelling test.”
Even when my Dad was having a healthy day, he would exclaim, “I’m not bragging, but I feel pretty darn good today.” It was as though he was embarrassed to have good health.
None of us wanted to be accused of being a braggard, boastful, or a show-off. We also were afraid that we might jinx it if we shared our good news, worried that the bad news might replace the good news. It was confusing when to speak. So we kept quiet about our good news, bad news and other news.
May Memories of Good News
On May 11, 1974 (41 years ago) I was married to Tom Kelsall. This is a photo of us 41 years later.
On May 5, 1996 (19 years ago) I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
On May 4, 2005 (10 years ago) I had my DBS surgery in Sacramento.
In May 2015, Healthline honored me by including me and my blog in their list of The Best Parkinson's Blogs of 2015.
I am grateful for my DBS surgery because it has allowed me to continue with my activities and interests such as Broadway dancing with the Rockyettes, hiking, maintaining my blog, working on my book, and volunteering in the DBS community, including co-founding the Bionic Brigade DBS Support Group. I am grateful for the kind people (including the Medtronic reps) that I have met along my DBS journey. Although I have been frustrated that DBS has negatively affected my voice, I am delighted that my current voice is sometimes restored and that I can more frequently be heard and understood.