First, I don’t quite mean it exactly as it sounds, but I have published a little profile image to go with comments. Also I have experienced some dramatic lifestyle changes this year. A few years ago I met a psychologist from New York and we kept in touch as friends, until last spring when we became engaged and married this past summer.
However, a couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with a serious illness, and last June it hit a crisis. I ended up in hospital for about a month, getting tests and so on. Finally, a doctor just sat down and said that he was sorry that I was so young, (not that young) but anyway, I could not be cured and it was really too bad. I later learned that my husband (then fiancé) had been told I had only a few days or weeks to live. I could read that in the doctor’s face.
As it turns out, there was an intervention available, and I was discharged from hospital in fragile but stable condition. We got married a few weeks later. Now six months later, I am still in stable condition, no further developments.
So this is how it happens that I am on medical leave from my job in Vancouver, have moved to Toronto, and have submitted my application for a green card. I spend about half of every month in NJ, where we have a house, but I still travel back to Vancouver sometimes, by choice, for medical treatment. I am writing this because so many things have changed in my outlook in this past year. I want to talk about some of it on the blog.