Recording or Journaling Your Experiences Pt 1

One of the regrets I have regarding my recovery isn't physical at all.

I wish I had chronicled my recovery - by writing, photographic and video-taping.  It is weird because a few years ago, a friend was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and he said he was going to write about it after he recovered.  I encouraged him to keep a journal and he never did.  He recovered, but is having a hard time writing his book.

I took notes throughout my recovery, which helped me remember some stuff, but I wish I had written things in detail.  While hospitalized, I kept thinking I should write and keep a journal, but at the end of the day, I was so tired that I said, forget it.  Besides my hands were so shaky that it was frustrating for me to try and make the effort to write more than a few words at a time. I remember understanding why my friend never kept notes.

That said, just yersterday, and during the writing of my book, Toe Up to 10K, I came across some scribby notes I had made, and it reminded me just how unstable my writing abilities were. There wasn't much force in the writing, and the writing was very shaky.  Looking at these notes was good for me, since it reminded me of my ability at that time.

As time goes on, our memories of events change, and writing about them as these events occur help us remember, and also remember correctly.

Pt. 2 will cover photographs.

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