(I am also writing several other books as I begin to look for an agent for my first book. As my Auntie Susie might say, “Go-o-o-o-lly! That’s a lot of books.")
The interviews that I’m conducting help me see that I am not alone. My experience is not unique, and others understand my perspective. I am interviewing my peeps.
In the fall, I interviewed a Salvadoran doctor who had experienced Guillain Barré, an auto immune disease. In this disease, one’s immune system is triggered by one of many things, such as a virus, immunizations, or bacteria. In this case the immune system makes a mistake and starts to attack the person’s own peripheral nerves. The illness starts in the toes or fingers, usually the toes, and moves up, including muscles in the chest so you can’t breathe. Because the nerves aren’t working, the muscles don’t work, and if it’s not treated immediately, a person’s lungs can stop working and the person can suffocate. With treatment, a person can recover almost completely. This doctor said that he was 99% cured.
In our interview, he said, “I suspect, Mary, that though you’re interviewing me, you have gained new avenues of exploration in your own life. A patient can become a victim in the face of adversity. I suppose that this whole process for you is about finding meaning in your own life.