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Sunday, January 31, 2010

A piece I wrote about writing

January 31, 2010

My first blog post had the wrong date! This one is correct. Since I am putting myself out there as a writer, I thought I'd share something I wrote while in the MFA program at Vermont College. I hope you enjoy it.

Spent more time in the grocery store reading labels with Scott as we shopped. After surgery I won't be eating anything that has more then 5 grams of sugar.


To Write Is
Andrea Silva McManus




To write is to spill your blood, secrets, hopes, rants and desires on the page.

To write is to let go and let words flow.

To write is to face demons and dance with them, learn from them.

To write is to not disregard your own voice, no matter what the experts tell you.

To write is to birth yourself a second time; it can save your life.

To write is to put your butt in the chair until the words come.

To write is to put your work away when the words won’t come, they always return.

To write is to live fully, to flow, glow and let it go.

To write is to dare to tell stories people thirst for truth and fiction.

To write is to disembowel yourself and let everyone see your damaged bloody insides.

To write is to hope in the face of reality that there is meaning to be found in your life.

To write is trust the words will come like bright shooting stars streaking across your mind.

To write is to live and teach.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My First Post

January 31, 2010

I've been thinking about blogging for a long time about my journey towards obesity into it and my current process of recovering from it. I tend to spend a lot of time getting ready to get ready a good friend once told me. So, for better or worse I decided to just do it.

I will be 46 on March 6th. Three days after I have RNY gastric bypass. Why am I blogging about it? Well, my issues with weight started at the age of five progressed throughout my and have effected every part of my life. I believe it is important for people to share their stories in the hopes of helping each other.

I am a professor of education, leadership, philosophy and ethics and a writer. So, it is natural for me to want to practice reflective learning through writing and to want to share my story and learn from others.

My goal is to write something every day for the next year no matter how small to chronicle my experience with gastric by pass, the good, the bad and the ugly. I hope my experience will help me make sense of my experience and be useful to someone else.

The first resource I'm adding is the Facebook page of the bariatric program I've been working with.


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lebanon-NH/Dartmouth-Hitchcock-Bariatric-Surgery-Program/205543469150?ref=ts