My health is declining faster as I approach 50. Here goes my list of symptoms experienced daily: because of Cerebral Palsy (C.P.) my feet roll out while my toes turn in so walking is becoming increasingly difficult. I fall much more frequently. There’s no doubt a walker is in my future. Endurance becomes painful due to asthma and constant pressure around my chest. It all makes sense since the abuse my body has suffered from the C.P. brain damage. Adding up my lungs degenerating, menopausal hot flashes and PTSD anxiety attacks, merely walking does me in.
Daily, I have at least one Crohn’s attack where it happens so fast, I fail to reach a toilet in time. There are days when I lose my balance trying to get to my toilet, and run into a wall. I am covered in bruises, aching constantly from falling. My muscles tighten, shake and spasm randomly generating loss of body control, dumping coffee, difficulty with penmanship, and restricting coordination needed to type.
My fortitude limits everything I do, including thought processes and tasks requiring executive functioning. The way aging is tearing down my abilities leads me in a state of depression. Since I live independently, I worry about my near future, and my anxiety soars.
I don’t know what is going to happen. Physically and mentally, I am fading. It’s reminding me now is the time to accomplish all I want to do. Mainly, leaving a legacy.