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Life Redirected

In retrospect, I have always been keenly aware of the position and conditions of women in society. I innately understood the strength of the women in my life and I empathized with their stories, what I knew of them. Images of women’s roles portrayed on television and in movies stood in stark contrast to media images of those fighting for Women’s Rights. Images burned into my memory. Society was at a crossroads then and I, seemingly, took inventory of that transformation. Not consciously. Although, continually.

Two years ago, after living as the strong, mostly single mother, quite capable of providing for her family, an illness redirected my life. For a year, “modern” medicine failed to diagnose the condition as it worsened, leaving me jobless and disabled. Disillusioned and frustrated, I was determined to diagnose my own medical condition and, painstakingly, find the professionals to help me. One of my symptoms was brain fog and, during this time, I was taking my last class to finally receive my degree. Miraculously, I made it through but I soon realized that the continual testing and challenging of my brain was vital to my recovery.

I began writing…and never stopped. The more I wrote - the more complicated and detailed - the more I focused on my ability rather than my disability. I started my first blog and began freely sharing my thoughts with the world. Why the Hell not? If I had been clear of thought, would I have done that? Not sure. But as my health improved and my brain fog cleared, I knew that it was imperative that I keep writing and sharing. JUST in case.

Questions of inequality resurfaced because the medical conditions from which I suffered are those that are commonly ignored within the medical community because, overwhelmingly, they affect women. Research dollars are limited and misinformation is rampant, so doctors are inclined to disregard the symptoms, dismiss their severity or question the integrity of the woman. My experience with the medical community has affected MY strength and MY ability to take care of my family, highlighting yet another of the subtle ways in which inequality still exists in Western society.

I write what I know so my dominant theme is women in society. As a child, I understood these women; as a teenager, I took to heart the changes “promised” by historic United States legislation; as a single mother who struggled through circumstances that I never imagined would still exist, I am outraged. So the ideal of equality must persist. In the West, equal pay for equal work; globally, education for all children; one step at a time. To this end, I use my websites, writings and, now, World Pulse to pursue connections with younger generations in order to share insight, inspire authenticity and support efforts that improve the conditions of women. Continual refinement of my personal perspective is critical, however, and Voices of Our Future is that extraordinarily empowering opportunity.

Comments

Ruth Bech's picture

Liquid wording

I love the way your story live here, the verbal style really fits this entry!

sorrows.sister's picture

Healing through writing

Thank you so much for sharing this, it is inspiring and true and shows exactly why we need to keep writing, keep expressing, never give up. Thank you and blessings.

Thank you! And, definitely, everyone keep writing!

michelle904's picture

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your story. You are so right about women and the medical field. So often the symptoms for some of the most serious illnesses facing women are overlooked. We all need to work to raise awareness to make it easier for other women.

Caryn Dudarevitch's picture

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your support!
- Caryn

Iffat Gill's picture

Greetings from a Listener!

More power to you sister. This is a great piece of writing. You are a brave women and I am glad to hear that you found your "cure" through writing and pouring your heart out. We need more role models like you to be a source of inspiration to other women who are going through different struggles in their lives.

"...as a single mother who struggled through circumstances that I never imagined would still exist, I am outraged."

It is surprising how we still keep encountering certain stereotypes against women even inthe developed/Western world. Please keep writing and I look forward to reading more of your work.

Best wishes.

Iffat Gill

Caryn Dudarevitch's picture

Thank you so much! I very

Thank you so much! I very much appreciate your beautiful and kind words!
Much love!
- Caryn

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