2020 has been a hard year. Globally. Some countries have handled the situation better than others but I'm not going political so don't log off just yet. I have had a particularly hard year.
I am one among the percentage of people where catching Covid-19 would be a really bad idea. I have an underlying condition as the media love to talk about. I am overweight, have diabetes, and Multiple Sclerosis.
To make matters worse, I take a DMT (Disease Modifying Therapy) called Fingolimod. While this medication works wonderfully it does have the down-side of reducing my immune system by 80%.
The knowledge that I am so open to the worst that this virus has to offer sent my anxiety and depression into overdrive and basically blew my life apart. My lockdown began a week before the Government recommended we all hide indoors.
Luckily for me, I have very sympathetic and understanding employers who have backed me through this elongated period of sickness and have done all they can to help. As have the Occupational Therapist, mental health nurse, and Talking Therapies. Along with help from my fiancée, Claire, best friends Graeme and Chris, and Support worker, Amy, I have fought back to a clearer frame of mind.
And, of course, (here comes the book mention) 'Scare Me'. It would be fair to say my thinking was not at it's clearest when I launched the search for the twelve stories I needed for the book.
My therapist supported my tactic of throwing myself into one of the few things left to give me pleasure and keep my mind active. Having time to sit and think is not the luxury I once thought it to be. Leaving my mind to its own devices and wallowing in the depression I live with is a supremely bad idea, it would seem.
Even with the huge amount of work I had set for myself the fight back to normality for me wasn't easy and I thank each of the around 100 authors who submitted a story for the book. Even if your story didn't get accepted it did get read fully so thank you for the diversion from reality.
I would love it if you read 'Scare Me' (stockists here) and even if you don't choose to buy a copy then visit this page and show the talented writers who made their way to the printed page some love - they deserve your attention.