I want so share the words I said at the launch. They were spoken with a lot of emotion.
So much of life is in the smallness of moments…but harder to mark.
And even harder to remember….Tonight we are enjoying the grand celebration to mark the completion of a book, a book that took far too much of my time.
The deeper the difficulty fulfilling the dream, the brighter the outcome of the fulfillment. The sweeter the celebration.
I feel honored that you are here for our celebration.
Allow me to offer you some background on how this book actually came about.
Try to think back to a time when you faced a life changing
Situation that you wanted to run from.
When I left the doctor’s office on that fateful day after my diagnosis of urinary retention I was glad to know the root of my problems but I also I felt humiliated, defeated, and overwhelmingly and embarrassed.
My many confusing symptoms were caused by a broken part…and to make matters worse it was…down there…
As I continued my daily life I had a menagerie of thoughts I needed to work through. Sometimes facing the world was difficult. To help process my thoughts I started journaling sometimes as prayers to God.
I had so many notes I decided to start an anonymous blog TrudyTriumph.com, under the pen name Trudy Triumph.
On February 12 of 2012 I posted my first blog entry sharing with the world about how I felt about my diagnosis of neurogenic bladder.
The book started then too.
Here we are 4 years later the book was born, hard labor and a collaboration that happened, beyond my wildest dreams.
When I imagine the reaction of my friends and family to this book and its topic, I feel a bit queasy because, now they will have a peek into my very private life.
Part of me does not exactly want to be remembered in connection with a toilet, yet I see toileting dysfunction as a last frontier of topics that need to have mature acceptance and an active audience.
Here I am talking to you about bladder and bowel problems. This was once an unspeakable topic for me. I knew that good girls did not discuss such topics. Now you can see the deep crevice in my mind, I needed to cross.
And yes I not only crossed it I threw my paddle away!!
We finally have a book that is by a patient, for a patient. Now the world will see the other side of the story.