Monthly Archives: September 2015
This past weekend there has been a lot of news marking the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since those states were devastated by the aftermath of the hurricane.
Every time I hear Hurricane Katrina mentioned I am also reminded of my own personal hurricane that happened for me ten years ago too.
On the days when the news was all about the hurricane, I lay in a hospital bed with viral meningitis. I spent two weeks in hospital and while I couldn’t watch the television very much, I did listen to the news. So I was very aware of what was going on.
So each year, when they mark the anniversary of Katrina, I give a little respect to my own personal hurricane.
I learned so much from my time battling that illness. I don’t mind thinking about it. I don’t like to dwell on it, but I do like to give it some recognition. Because it shut me down for awhile. It made me respect my health a lot more. And my life.
It taught me to keep a positive attitude when all I wanted to do was slip into a state of feeling sorry for myself.
No matter how bad I was feeling, and it was a long time of feeling terrible, my personal hurricane wasn’t as bad as Katrina. And that was an easy reminder to stay positive.
Because all those people had to live with so much more – losing their loved ones, their possessions, their sense of security.
I didn’t lose anything when I got sick. I would actually say I gained more. Sure I lost some weight. I lost time with my children. I lost a lot of work time.
But I learned so much more. And most importantly I have never taken life for granted since that day.
So I remember my day and honour those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.Share this post!
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Stella Bain has no memory of her past when she wakes up in a hospital bed in Marne, France. It is 1916, and she wears the uniform of a British war nurse but speaks with an American accent. As soon as she is able, Stella sets out for London, where she hopes to find answers. What she discovers-with the help of Dr. August Bridge, who takes an interest in her case-both shocks and startles. As Stella’s memories come racing back, she must undertake a journey across the ocean to confront the haunted past of the woman she used to be.
In this gripping historical drama that transports us from Europe to America and back again, Anita Shreve weaves an engrossing tale about love and memory, set against the backdrop of a war that devastated an entire generation.
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