Phoenix Part One

Me now!!
Me now!! | Source

A Fresh Start

Dear followers, fans, readers and friends....

Well - I've had a funny sort of year as many of you know.

Alian346 and I have written over one hundred LGBT history hubs, a few quizzes and some other hubs of interest.

But behind the scenes, I now must share with you something wonderful.

I was diagnosed with NFD (Neurological Functional Disorder) in December 2011 having been paralyzed since August of last year.

I want you to know that we can celebrate because I've now beaten this condition and have only three weeks left of physio to undergo before I’m fully cured. I can now walk without a stick and am almost back to normal. I actually have a spring in my step now!

I have written my plight as a poem below to show you that I'm over it and rather than over-describe the evil thing, I thought a poem would be far more appropriate so that you will smile along with me at the end.

This is only the beginning of Phoenix as I have a part two to write over the coming months. I will be moving from Carlisle to Scotland. My fresh start is well underway, but to you all who have sent me such wonderful thoughts and kind messages of support this poem is really for you.

A huge thank you to each and every one of you.

Please know that I love you all and I wish to say....

WE BEAT IT!!!!

Starting With the Condition - Thats Me In The Middle - I went extremely thin....
Starting With the Condition - Thats Me In The Middle - I went extremely thin.... | Source
Very Poorly, I could not walk any more, but had got my hands back, and was celebrating,.....
Very Poorly, I could not walk any more, but had got my hands back, and was celebrating,..... | Source
Just out of the wheel chair and on a walking stick, I still managed to smile....
Just out of the wheel chair and on a walking stick, I still managed to smile.... | Source
Getting better, walking now and almost there, was still on a walking stick in this picture.
Getting better, walking now and almost there, was still on a walking stick in this picture. | Source
This is me a few months ago. - keeping up with the exercises and look I can talk, smile and walk- no walking stick!
This is me a few months ago. - keeping up with the exercises and look I can talk, smile and walk- no walking stick! | Source

Phoenix

My childhood years were often glad,

My teenage years were sometimes sad,

Until one day it all went bad.


A spiral deep into decay,

My arms, my legs they went away.


I could not smile, but only cry,

For all I wanted was to die.


I could not walk, and barely talk,

A battle I have faced.


I had to fight, throughout my plight,

I did it without haste.


I fought it, til it understood,

I would not give in.


I knew I was going to win!


But an Angel whispered in my ear, all this sadness would disappear

A future I would make.


Of happiness, excitement and a journey I'll undertake.


Now my readers I'm almost cured,

Three weeks, they lie ahead.


Through exercise and sleepy eyes,

I'm glad I'm not ideas dead.


But in my heart, it's my fresh start,

Just like the Angel said.


In four weeks I will leave my home,

And head for pastures new.


A smile it comes upon my face,

Replacing all the blue.


I smile and smile so much more now,

No tears shall I pour.


Because this hell is over now,

And ends when I close that door.

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alian346 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I am humbled and honoured to have been present at the conception of this masterpiece – you’ve come far I’m very, very glad to say.

Ian x


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a great story! Thank you for sharing your story and hopefully giving strength to others who need it. Congratulations and Bravo!


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

Thank you so much Ian, for all your support, encouragement and for helping me to write this... :)

Callum x


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

Thank you so much for commenting billybuc, I still have to pinch myself to believe that this is happening...


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

I am so happy for you!!! This is wonderful and so are you. Thank you for letting me be one of your followers :)


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

Thank you Michele xxx

You're welcome and am so happy that you are one of my followers x :)

All the best x

Callum x


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Cal! You are an inspiration to us all! Keep on progressing in your health! We need you!


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

Thank you so much Dexter, I'm here forever!

I promise I won't go anywhere, and will keep progressing xx

Keep in touch Dex.

Callum x


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your poem is touching yet shows the bravery you've managed to keep throughout your ordeal. I am so happy it is nearing it's end and pray that all will be well and your new beginning will bring many more lovely poems and writings!

Voted up, beautiful, and awesome!!!


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

Thank you so much tillsontitan :)

It has been a long ordeal, but some good news - as of Wednesday 25th July I was certified cured, just two days ago, am on a major high. I promise that there will be more poems to come and writings.

I always look forward to your comments, and thank you so much for voting.

Thank you again xxx

Callum x


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Oh Callum, how wonderful! Now you can start fresh and new.


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

It's brilliant news isn't it?

I am still floating on air at the minute as it's sort of sinking in, that it's all over.. :)

Thank you again tillsontitan xxx

Callum x

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