Happy 11th Anniversary, MonSter

I have always loved celebrating milestones and momentous times. That's just me being me, doing something that I greatly enjoy. My goal is to make each celebration memorable. For years to come, I want to be able to reflect back to a given period or event and recollect the highlight of the occasion. And I want for my loved ones that are pieces of me to be able to do the same. It was after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and having a new appreciation of life that I really began to celebrate. Creating indelible memories for if there were ever a time which came when memories would be all that I had was important to me.

Making special occasions memorable

My birthdays are quite memorable. I remember turning “the big 4-0”. I gave myself a surprise birthday party. I nor my guests will ever forget that! There was my birthday where I had an actual parade in my honor and another where I surprised everyone with an actual music video - starring yours truly. To celebrate Mother's Day one year, there was another another music video, this time starring my family. After it's completion, I hosted a Grammy style video release party for the 'official' showing. How exciting and what fun! There’ve been Christmas parties, a plethora of familial gatherings to acknowledge accomplishments, and so much more. BUT… life can always ‘out memorable-ize’ any of our commemorations should it choose to do so.

Life stepped in twice on July 13

July 13, 2007 was the day my mother accompanied me to CNMRI and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As if I needed to imprint that day any more to my memory or much less celebrate it, life stepped in again on July 13, 2018. I didn’t have to reserve or pay for a venue. There was no need to send out invitations or keep track of RSVPs. I didn’t even have to find just the right outfit to sport or a fancy form of transportation in which to arrive. Most importantly, I didn't have to procure a main attraction for the ‘special’ day.

Suffering a seizure 11 years after diagnosis

On ‘the’ day, the venue that I arrived to via ambulance was Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, where family joined me as I lay, spent, in a pastel hospital gown after suffering the day's ‘event’ - a seizure! Yes, the very same day that I was diagnosed with MS 11 years prior, I was hospitalized after suffering a seizure for the very first time in my life.

To be clear, it’s actually the precious and glorious occasions that I prefer to commemorate. However, life has its own resolve at times that doesn't necessarily mirror our own. As a result of this, I will forever remember July 13, 2007 when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis as well as it's 2018 'commemoration' (seizure)...

Happy 11th Anniversary, MonSter

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