Two years ago I released my very first book, Vindicated.
But in order to know how I got here, I have to tell you a little bit about where I was before I hit publish.
Twelve years ago, I had just had my second baby and quickly realized that I wasn't feeling like myself anymore.
I had migraines and body aches that were nearly crippling. I was getting worse and worse. I had severe spasms in my shoulders, arms, and legs. So much so that I'd taken to using a cane to walk.
It ultimately took me six years to figure out what was going on with me. I went to doctor after doctor, everyone telling me they had no idea what was going on.
Then I saw a doctor who took the time to run tests and really dive into my case. I was ultimately diagnosed with chronic migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
As with any diagnosis, it took time to get medication right and the process is exhausting. I became depressed. I wasn't able to take care of myself or my family. That's when I picked up a book. The escapism had me addicted and for years I'd read a book or even sometimes two, a day.
I became involved in bookish groups on Facebook and ended up joining a group of girls for a book blog. It was fun and since it was virtual, it didn't require any of my precious energy.
Blogging progressed into doing virtual PA work for some big name authors, one of whom was K Webster. We became instant best friends. She was there for me while I tried medication after medication and when that failed, a move from the Seattle area to a dryer climate.
That move saved my life. I no longer needed my cane and my energy returned. I had a second chance at life.
I learned all about self-publishing through K Webster and somehow the idea formed that maybe I could write my own book.
I had tried to write books in the past but never made it beyond a few chapters before I gave up. But this time I knew more and I was determined. That's how Vindicated was born.
Since that time, I've released 11 books, been part of a few anthologies, and I built a career for myself. It's so much work, harder than any job I've ever had. But it's also the most rewarding. When a reader reaches out to tell me my words meant something to them, it's a high like I've never felt.
My point with this blog post is that you're never too old to chase your dreams (I was forty when I released Vindicated). And with my disabilities, it only makes my successes that much sweeter.
I recently earned the title of USA Today Best-Selling author, what goal have you met despite your disability or age?