The past few years I’ve been busy writing, and writing and writing. Stories for years have been flowing in my mind, but I pushed them to the side hoping they would just disappear. They didn’t. I gave in a few years ago and I sat down in my family room and began to write. I didn’t think or plan what I was going to write about; I just let the first story begin, then the next story and the next one. Love stories, sci/fi, and children’s stories emerged.
But, (there’s always a but)
one night December 18th, 2010, I couldn’t sleep. It happened to be my
birthday. I went into my office late that night and I stared down at my hands. They were shaking uncontrollably, making it difficult to type. The tremors grew, as did my anger. I held my hands in the air, I yelled, “Happy Birthday dumb ass!” You see those four words brought A Faded Cottage to life.
I will step back in time, so you will understand about the tremors. When I was in my early twenties, I was
standing at the post office window in Louisville, KY and I couldn’t even fill out a simple form with my name and address because my hands were shaking. It took some time, but I learned I had Essential Tremor. Essential tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the
hands, head, voice, legs, or trunk. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. People with ET are often stereotyped as being nervous, withdrawn, anxious, and elderly.
ET is not confined to the elderly. Children and middle-aged people can also have ET. In fact, newborns have been diagnosed with the condition. I’m not alone over 10 million American’s have ET.
That one night, A Faded Cottage, a South Carolina love story, brought Quaid Witherspoon to life.
A Faded Cottage is very special, a simple tale that tells a story about ET without the clinical or scientific information. It’s a story from the heart. The story tells how love can conquer all at any age. I hope A Faded Cottage will help spread the word about ET.
I have many more stories to write. I guess you never know which way life or fate is going to lead you, but I’m going along for the ride and I will keep adding pages in my book of life. Thank you, Diann
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Hi I'm Diann welcome and join me on my adventure. I'm the author of "A Faded Cottage" & "Whispering Fog" and Founder of Diann Shaddox Foundation. I'm a member of the Wyandotte Nation & I have Essential Tremor (ET). I love to travel, cook, which leads to eating and I love wines. Chardonnay is my favorite unless I'm eating steak then I'll take a glass of Cabernet.
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