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Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Adventure – Old Problem

During this past week, I joined the Writers Circle of Durham Region (WCDR) and paid in advance for the monthly breakfast held this month on March 12th at the Ajax Community Centre. I looked forward to this new adventure of meeting new and talented writers. There was, however, my old problem. I have a benign essential tremor—my hands shake. I don’t usually attend meals with strangers because I never know if my tremors are going to be worse being with new people or not. I certainly wouldn’t want to have my fork slip off my plate and spread food everywhere, not to mention the danger of holding a knife in a mixed crowd.
I periodically have to go back to Toronto Western Hospital to have my stimulator adjusted to reduce the tremors. I had a deep brain implant two years ago. I really must find the time to get back to the hospital and have an adjustment done.

I chose to go to the breakfast because it was my chance to better myself as a writer. I was not disappointed.  Breakfast brought about its own challenges, as it usually does. The announcements were interesting; The award recipients were grateful; and the eight ladies sitting at my table were most gracious and supportive.

I can't wait until next month's breakfast.
To find out more about controlling tremors, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYDoHmg9ECI&feature=related
To listen to a world leader and my neurosurgeon about deep brain stimulation, log onto http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/703


  1. Hi Stanley,

    Rich Helms told me about your blog post. I'm happy that you enjoyed the breakfast and that the other members at your table were so accommodating. I only joined a little over a year ago, but the very first time I went there, I was struck by how friendly and open everyone was. It's great that you feel the same way.

  2. Christina,

    Thank you for your warm thoughts. I look forward to meeting you and all of the members of the WCDR in the coming months.