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  • Emotional lability and my work

    Posted by David Buschhorn on April 8, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    It’s possible that the emotional fragility that comes with ALS actually helped me write more emotionally, but it also slowed me down a lot.

    I learned to write while sobbing. eyes squinched shut and tears pouring down my face. I’m as sobby, for practically no reason, that I’m about as bad as a PMSing teenage girl.

    Chocolate doesn’t help 🙂 At least there’s no cramping.

    “I don’t know why I’m crying! It’s a cute kitten video!” For Pete’s sake!

    Some of my books have crushing scenes and a box of tissues should about cover it. For me to re-read them is brutal.

    Dagmar replied 5 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Dagmar

    April 9, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Yes, David…. the emotional ups and downs are frustrating. Not only do we have to deal with the shocking news that we have ALS, but our emotional reflexes have become super-sensitive as well.  For anyone not ready to take on the challenge of writing a book – – journaling can be helpful. I would write down what I did that day, how I felt, what good things happened and what were the challenges.

    Here I am 9 years later and the animal rescue commercials on TV can still set me up for tears! 🙂  (the emotional sensitivity is something I’ve learned to live with)


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