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Basically, the shortened version....
Life's a bitch. First you're born
then you marry
then you die..
The end 😉
Born and brought up in the Highlands, I left to go study nursing at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary aged 18 years where I became a Registered General Nurse, then a nursing sister. I ended up after 8 years in the private sector to Nurse Bank Manager ARI.
I married, had 3 kids in 5 years and ran a bed and breakfast business as well as answering the phone as a GP's wife.
I was always drawn to alternative medicine and left my husband after 20 years to pursue my calling as a healer. I have studied many things along the way and became a Reiki Master, Crystal Healer 2 year diploma, studied Shamanism and spiritual empowerment. I am a certified Fire Walker and Spiritual grandmother. My spirit name is Stormwolf.
I have written poetry for around 20 years and am included in several anthologies apart from UKA but I have never gotten round to my own book. In the early days I used my poetry written about my life events to encourage others.
My poetry has also been used in marriages, funerals, ceremonies, schools, remembrance ceremonies, made into a play in the Philippines University where it won first prise. I say this not to blow my own trumpet but to acknowledge the progress I made from the first tentative steps I made into the poetry world. I owe so much to UKA and the guidance I was given by so many.
I never was into self promotion so those things just happened along the way and they helped to give me confidence in writing becoming an avenue for healing for others. that was always my prime intention but as the years have passed I do not feel the same urgency as I did back then.
PS I also live with fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue syndrome and sleep apnoea.
Sadly this condition is often found in those such as myself, who take on the pain of others.
I am in the process of healing myself by yoga and several other things but there are some days that I cannot function. So there are times I may be absent as the fatigue is neurological (not just tired) and makes doing anything difficult.
I generally only comment on poetry as that is my genre.