The Journey Begins…

My name is Christine and I have been “flirting” with poetry for about a year now.
In March 2011 I was diagnosed with MS and I am now embarking on a process of recovery both physically and emotionally.  Recovery is a long, slow and sometimes difficult path,  but can also be life changing, as I have already discovered in my recovery from alcoholism.  My first task has been acceptance, which some days can be a little shaky as far as the MS goes, but I am getting there.  Embracing my condition rather than wrestling with it has been important, but equally I will not allow it to define who I am.  I am hoping the poetry will help with this.

I know very little about poetry and its various forms etc, but I am reading and learning. So I write my poems as therapy for the MS and also because sometimes it is simply fun to do, especially as I now spend more time at home.

This is a big step for me, letting others read my poems.  I hope you enjoy them and they make some sense.

273 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ina
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 09:27:33

    Hi Christine, you have come so far so good :) I wish you much succes!

    Love and hugs!

    Reply

  2. Ina
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 19:42:40

    Nice template :) I will put you on my blogroll too.

    Reply

  3. tikarmavodicka
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:34:47

    Hi Christine,

    Thankyou for introducing yourself and inviting me to vist your blog. I’m looking forward to reading your poetry. Wishing you the best of success with this new adventure. :-) I hope you enjoy the process of writing, creating and sharing poetry. :-)
    ((HUGS))
    Tikarma
    xxx

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  4. journeyintopoetry
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:49:32

    Thank you Tikarma!
    I hope the creative juices keep flowing. Sometimes they just stop!

    (((Hugs to you too)))

    xx

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  5. gonecycling
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 16:28:18

    This is wonderful. I know how big a deal it is to ‘go public’ with your poetry (it took me much more than a year to pluck up the courage!) but I know your leap of faith will be immeasurably rewarded. I’ll add you to my blogroll – looking forward to sharing the journey with you.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 23, 2011 @ 16:54:52

      Thank you! That is a really encouraging comment.

      I am sure I am going to enjoy this. It is already filling a huge gap since my diagnosis, particularly as my mobility lessens.

      Christine x

      Reply

  6. evocative embrace
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:15:39

    you are awesome – you can tell from your writing! sending you strength and healing.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:29:17

      Thank you so much!

      I look forward to reading you too.

      This is a new and inspiring journey for me, also quite scary I find! Letting people read what I write has taken a long time!

      Christine x

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  7. evocative embrace
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 14:33:52

    I am on a similar path…I just remind myself that all I have to do is just keep taking that next step….sending you strength, support and love on your journey!

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  8. wordpress.com
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 09:28:09

    Thank you fir your coment, it is much appreciated.

    Yes,”taking that next step” is what we need to do and an important one for me is living one day at a time. Life is much more manageable when lived like this, although sometimes difficult to do.

    Love

    Christine

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  9. journeyintopoetry
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 09:56:06

    Thank you for your comment. Yes, “taking that next step” is what we must do. An important one for me also is living in the day. Life is much more manageable that way, although it is sometimes difficult to do.

    Love

    Christine

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  10. Alia S
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 22:53:50

    Thank you Christine for introducing youself. I admire your positive attitude. I am expressing this because not so many people are blessed with such attitude.
    Your comment on my blog made me smile :) !
    I’ll read your poems now and tell you what I think !
    Best luck with writing xoxo

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  11. journeyintopoetry
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:26:44

    Thank you Alia.

    I am enjoying reading your work!

    Christine xx

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  12. shorelineclusterpoets
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 20:49:06

    Christine,
    Keep up the good work and healing process

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  13. Christine Moran
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 10:14:53

    Thank you very much! I am enjoying my new adventure!

    Christine

    Reply

  14. dribblingpensioner
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 20:13:04

    Hi Christine thanks for subscribing to my blog i have done likewise here, it means you will enjoy my next poem as much as you did my last :) Harry

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  15. Martin Shone
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 15:28:29

    Hi Christine, time and poetry that’ll do it for you.

    I really like your writing and am about to subscribe, and I’ll put a link on my site for you.

    All the best

    Martin

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  16. dribblingpensioner
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 19:31:06

    Right Christine lets get started :) when people click your BLOG title they want a direct link to your blog not an inderect route as you have setup.

    I have been to 1000s of blogs in 4 years and i have never seen this before :)

    Leave the profile as it is, but do away with all the links ( Christine Moran, journey into poetry ) etc.

    Put your ” jouney into poetry ” HOME page link into your website link in personal settings, this will make your name live to your site.

    I did, and others will get confused, when they see two links coming from the same web site that do not link back to it.

    Hope you don’t mind me saying this, just a bit of advice, Harry

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 18, 2011 @ 10:18:47

      Hi Harry

      Thank you for the advice and of course I don’t mind.

      However I was confused before(not being too clever with IT) but now I am more confused. I may have to get my daughter to help me follow your instructions.

      Quite a few people have found me though, that’s why I wondered why you can’t..

      I will keep trying.

      Christine

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      • dribblingpensioner
        Sep 18, 2011 @ 10:46:21

        This is your site url http://journeyintopoetry.wordpress.com/

        Go to dashboard, users, click personal settings, account details at the bottom, there you will see where your email address is to be entered, and web site this is where you copy and paste your site url and thats it.

        I would undo what ever you did before to make it easy for everyone, and people like me who are really old and dribble all over the key board :roll:

  17. Martin Shone
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:07:32

    Hi Christine/dribblingpensioner, I think Christine’s site fomat is fine. I too am confused with your request comment, especially these lines:

    Put your ” jouney into poetry ” HOME page link into your website link in personal settings, this will make your name live to your site.

    I did, and others will get confused, when they see two links coming from the same web site that do not link back to it.

    I had no trouble reaching this site, I like the way it is set up simple and easier to navigate. There’s nothing wrong with having the about page on the home page, it only takes a click to read the poetry.

    It is up to you Christine but I like it, it seems others like it too. Do you like it, because if you do then that’s all that matters.

    Sorry Harry, but I have to disaggree with you.

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  18. Christine Moran
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:19:25

    Hi Martin,

    Thank you so much for this. Yes I do like it. I did it as simply as I could because that is all I can do!

    And I couldn’t understand why others had managed to find me after I had received Harry’s comment.

    As long as people can find me then I am happy. I don’t know why Harry cannot access me.

    Christine

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    • Martin Shone
      Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:24:08

      Have you thought of having a visitor counter on your site, I have one on mine and it’s nice to see it slowly climbing.

      Reply

      • Martin Shone
        Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:29:57

        I meant to add that the counter also let’s others know how many visitors have read your work which in turn might encourage them to delve deeper into your site :-)

    • dribblingpensioner
      Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:50:41

      This is what makes the world go round disagreement :roll:
      As i said i was confused because in the years i have been here i have never seen it that way, opening at the about page i have seen, but i can get to your blog now.
      The experts say your blog should open at the home page and then they can go to where they choose.
      Also if the blog doe’s not come up within 5-6 seconds they will leave.
      I do agree with the hit counter, people like to see it, i did’nt notice that.
      Martin, i like to disagree with people thats what my blogs all about :)
      But at the end of the day its up to Christine, i’ll not fall out with her or you ;)
      We oldies can only offer advice.

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  19. Christine Moran
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:50:12

    Thank you. I will check this out

    Christine

    Reply

  20. Martin Shone
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 15:24:46

    Also maybe an RSS feed, although I am subscribed by email not everyone likes to have their email box full so an RSS is a quyick way to see what’s new.

    Glad you liked my latest poem “A Perfect Day”. As regards to Haiku, I have posted several on the blog, I think maybe four or five – I do like the haiku.

    If, like you say, you’d like to have a go then I’d recommend a book that I have called Classic Haiku by Tom Lowenstein 2007.

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  21. journeyintopoetry
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 15:48:22

    Thank you Martin, I will definitely check out the book.

    And thank you for all your support, it is very much appreciated.

    Christine

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  22. dribblingpensioner
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 19:07:36

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  23. Martin Shone
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 19:34:27

    Hi Christine, I wanted to let you know that I have created a new blog. It’s kind of about the art of writing but from a personal memory point of view.

    I would be much appreciative if you were to take a quick peek.

    http://throughthemagicdoor.wordpress.com/

    Sorry about posting it here, I couldn’t see anywhere else.

    Martin

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  24. journeyintopoetry
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 12:19:55

    Couldn’t wait to look Martin!

    I have been over and commented.

    Christine

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    • Martin Shone
      Oct 08, 2011 @ 16:47:54

      Hi Christine, your comment is here, don’t panic :-) (haven’t read it yet, just got back home), I have to moderate and approve all comments now because I have been having spam and rude comments from school kids. I’m off to read it now,

      Reply

  25. Harry Nicholson
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 12:23:54

    Hello, Christine. Thanks for visiting my pages.
    The particular way poetry brings focus to the mind is one of the therapies we can all benefit from. A friend of mine often insisted that fine poetry is the highest of art forms. Sometimes I think he is right – but then I see a fine row of leeks and am not so sure.

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  26. journeyintopoetry
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 15:54:26

    Thank you Harry, for visiting here too!

    The last two lines of your comment are a poem in themselves! “A fine row of leeks”. a simple phrase which describes beatifully a wonder of nature.

    You have given me the urge to make soup!

    Christine

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  27. Harry Nicholson
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 11:17:25

    Good morning, Christine. I tried to send an email (so you would have mine) to the address shown on your gravatar page – but it was returned as ‘failed’.

    Harry

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  28. journeyintopoetry
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 12:35:24

    Morning Harry,

    I can’t believe I did this!!! Got my own email address wrong!

    It should be chrismoran@dsl.pipex.com

    Maybe I could blame the MS – maybe not! lol :)

    Christine

    Reply

  29. Promising Poets' Poetry Cafe
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 12:27:25

    bless you,

    hope all is well….

    come join poets rally if you could.

    Reply

    • journeyintopoetry
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:21:59

      I have just realised I didn’t reply to your lovely comment. Thank you!

      I am still feeling a little reticent here,; i think I am lacking in confidence but I will bear it all in mind.

      Christine

      Reply

  30. Martin Shone
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 19:32:39

    Hi christine, sorry to fill up your comments column.

    Would you care to be a judge between me and Writeitfeelit, we set ourselves a challenge to get the creative juices flowing. To write a poem on the theme of Guardian, they are now on our sites.

    We’d be honoured if you would be judge :-)

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  31. Poetry & Icecream
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 12:59:10

    Nice to meet you Christine. Thanks for looking at my blog. All the best :)

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  32. journeyintopoetry
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 16:29:55

    Thank you for visiting! I really appreciate it.

    I will be back to look at more of yor work.

    Christine

    Reply

  33. Martin Shone
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 21:12:11

    Hi Christine,
    My blog was presented with the Liebster Blog Award yesterday, and I’d like to pass it on it to you too. :) You can read about it on my blog

    Reply

  34. demonsking19
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 14:00:10

    nice intro . umm flirt is a short love, so do flirt with poems :)

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  35. bardessdmdenton
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 00:10:40

    Please forgive me, Christine! I didn’t mean to address you as Granbee. Too much time on the computer today…

    I would appreciate if you would delete the previous comment and keep this one. Again, sincere apologies.

    So, let’s start again…Hi Christine!

    I have nominated you for a combined award of the Liebster Blog and Versatile Blogger award.

    Please go here for more information: http://bardessdmdenton.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/awards-for-passing-on/

    (There is one additional ‘rule’ for the Versatile Blogger Award–to share 7 random things about yourself…I chose not to do this)

    Thanks for sharing your poetry, heart and spirit!

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  36. Fergiemoto
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 16:37:16

    Yes, it is a journey. Wishing you the best on yours. I also am on a healing journey and creativity is good therapy and meditation for that. Keep exploring your creativity – you may be surprised at the results!

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  37. journeyintopoetry
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 12:00:14

    Thank you four good wishes.

    I wish you well on your healing journey too

    With love

    Christine

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  38. Becoming herself
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 14:24:44

    Hi, Christine

    I have no idea how I managed to set my blog to ‘private’. Your message alerted me, and I have now sorted this out. I’m sort of hoping it was a WordPress glitch and not me being stupid, but I fear it was most likely the latter.

    Anyway – I can’t thank you enough for alerting me. I wouldn’t have know otherwise.
    x

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  39. Becoming herself
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 14:25:21

    …’known otherwise’.

    I think I probably need to lie down…

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  40. journeyintopoetry
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 14:32:03

    You have made me smile!! :) :)

    I often “need to lie down” too!

    Christine

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  41. susanjanejones
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 20:07:44

    Hi Christine,
    Just found your blog, you’re doing well, and poetry is an ideal way to help relax and express emotions you’re feeling. Looking forward to reading your poetry.

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  42. Ina
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 08:23:31

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  43. journeyintopoetry
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:18:29

    Thank you so much Ina!I have replied on your WP blog.

    Love and hugs

    Christine xx

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  44. David Francis Barker
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 10:21:45

    Hi, hope you don’t mind but I’m nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award :)
    Perhaps not for the first time? You deserve it! :)

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  45. Tom Baker
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 00:40:11

    Good evening Christine, I stopped by to let you know your poem was featured in Poetic License today. Thank you again!

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  46. Sirenia
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 08:03:54

    Been diving into your writings and I have decided to follow you. Beautiful words and written in a way I can feel every word from you. I really enjoyed this journey!

    ~ Sirenia ~

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  47. totsymae1011
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 15:19:09

    Have fun in what you discover and how you develop your creativity through poetry. Writing out your thoughts will be quite cathartic. Enjoy!

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  48. granbee
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 20:37:39

    Journey, I just read on AngelaGrace’s blog that you were limited to typing with one finger. I shed a tear and pray for you RIGHT NOW! I knew I had been missing you since 12/18/2011!

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    • AngelaMarie
      Dec 28, 2011 @ 05:12:20

      Oh Christine, just saw Granbee’s note – thinking of you and sending a prayer. I’ve missed you this past week, as well. Prayers of peace & restored health to you, hoping to see you back soon, Angela

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      • journeyintopoetry
        Dec 29, 2011 @ 11:28:16

        Thank you AngelaMarie for your care and concern.

        As I said to Granbee I have only been absent from here due to Xmas.

        Unfortunately the one finger typing is a permanent part of me now, my right hand having deteriorated during the past year; it has now retired I think! LOL:)

        It is amazing how we can adapt though and I am becoming quite a whiz kid at the one fingered approach – it'[s just that I get impatient when I have so much to say, then I don’t check enough for typos!!

  49. poeticjourney
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 01:41:37

    Just let it come from the heart and everythingelse falls into place. I can’t even tell that you haven’t been writting that long. God Bless :)

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  50. Caddo Veil
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 16:25:09

    Hi Christine–just wanted to salute you! We all have a journey, and struggle is part of the “glory”. Some days we take Big Hard steps–some days all we can manage are the “baby steps” (do you recall the movie, “What About Bob?”)–but we get “there”, if we don’t give up. We are not alone–ever–even when it seems are “fans” have all gone home. God is there with His unfailing love, and mercies new every morning–Lean on, Press into Him.

    I read some of your poetry this morning, and celebrate it with you! Writing has often been a life-saver for me. It’s productive and fun–and sharing it here is a Good Thing!

    I wish you a blessed day, as you manage each step–physically, emotionally, creatively!

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Jan 06, 2012 @ 20:17:34

      Hi Caddo Veil,

      Thank you so much for visiting and for this beautifully encouraging comment.

      It is lovely to meet you, and your words “Lean on, Press into Him” will stay with me – thank you.

      Christine

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  51. Martin Shone
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 16:56:50

    Hi, Christine, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award :-)

    http://agapintheclouds.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/one-lovely-blog-award/

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Jan 18, 2012 @ 07:59:03

      Hi Martin

      Thank you so much!

      I will look at the link shortly. I am just back on the computer today after my eye surgery so still not focusing too well! It will be another few weeks before I can have new glasses so I will have to discipline myself on here so as not to tire my eye!!

      Christine

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  52. bipolarmuse
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 21:00:54

    Poetry can be very therapeutic. I am glad to find your blog. I don’t know much about poetry either, perhaps I should look into it, but I just write. Wing it. :) Always from the heart though…
    Blessings

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  53. dribblingpensioner
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 20:29:26

    Christine, you will have to make an awards page like i and others have , as i’m sure you will get more of them.

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  54. Ina
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 12:11:03

    Christine, you are nominated for the One Lovely Blog award. http://inaweblogisback.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/awards/

    I see now you already got one lol . Well I hope you like to get it twice :)

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    • Christine Moran
      Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:43:28

      Ina,

      Thank you so very much for both of these!

      No I haven’t got The Genuine Blogger Award before!

      These awards are piling up; it takes my breath away, I can hardly believe it!! Thank you again

      Love and hugs

      Christinexx

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  55. Ina
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 13:13:20

    And I also nominate you for the Genuine Blogger Award :) I hope you didn’t have that one yet! lol

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  56. lostupabove
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 09:57:53

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you like it. Congratulations! Here you can find more info: http://wp.me/p1ZC80-Dg
    Steph

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  57. Christine Moran
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:46:33

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for this nomination!

    I feel truly honoured to receive it.

    Christine

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  58. cromwellshead
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 17:48:00

    I was a drunk. Now I do not look back. I pray for your recovery from another serious illness, you are an inspiration.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Jan 26, 2012 @ 17:51:25

      Thank you so much for this comment, I really appreciate it.

      Recovery for me will always be one day at a time, from the alcohol and from anything else I have to face.

      Christine

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  59. Ruth
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 19:15:18

    So there you are Christine..
    I am your FB friend as well as a writer/poet and it does help with these challenges that we grapple with and embrace:))

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Feb 08, 2012 @ 17:38:18

      Hi Ruth

      It’s good to meet you!

      I am really enjoying writing my poetry although I know nothing about poetry really and all its forms etc. I just express myself and hope for the best! :)

      I can’t see you on my FB friends list??

      Christine

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  60. Linda Willows
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 12:34:05

    Hello my friend, I have nominated you for the ABC award. If you wish to accept, just follow this link! http://wp.me/pGRsE-BI
    Linda

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  61. journeyintopoetry
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 15:07:34

    Linda,

    I feel really honoured that you should do this – thank you so much!

    I will follow the link

    Christine x

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  62. catcherofstars
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 20:58:06

    A good friend of mine has a mother with MS, and it is indeed a struggle. I wish you much success and recovery!!
    Andrea

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  63. journeyintopoetry
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 09:32:26

    Thank you for visiting Andrea, and for your kind comment. MS is strange in that if affects each individual very differently, but the struggle is the same.

    Christine x

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  64. Laurel's Reflections
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 21:39:55

    Hi! I hope you’re doing okay, and that you got my email. Please let me know if it didn’t come through x

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  65. reverendhellfire
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 06:36:28

    yes, go wrestle with the Poem.
    If I have any advice for budding poets its this
    just tell a story
    dont just tell us about your feelings-thats only blogging.
    tell a story about something that matters to you-now thats poetry

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  66. journeyintopoetry
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:29:41

    Thank you!

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  67. jesusmyjoy
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 11:23:19

    God bless you

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  68. Ina
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:34:12

    I have nominated you for the 7×7 award. If you were already nominated , please see this as a gesture of my appreciaton :)

    http://inaweblogisback.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/7×7-award/

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  69. Bethany
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 15:15:20

    It really is a big step, sharing the writings stemming from your heart; even more so for the public eye. But thank you so much for sharing! I really enjoy your writing, and will be back for more! : )

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  70. patriciakirsch
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 15:44:20

    Hi, just want to say I love your blog. Your poetry is so honest and a pleasure to read. Take care.

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  71. Subhan Zein
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:51:05

    Hello there,

    You write wonderful poetry up here. Well done! Keep penning and keep inspiring. You’ll do wonders one day, I am sure! :-)

    And please take a look at my blog; I write poetry too. Some poems that may be of interest to you: “Love is a Heart Throbbing Joyride”, “My Greetings to You”, “Your Heart is My Favorite Playground”. Thank you and have a lovely day my friend! :-)

    Subhan Zein

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  72. Francina
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 16:37:20

    Hi Christine,

    I have nominated you for multiple awards . To find out more about the awards, please visit

    http://seasonspoetry.com/2012/04/28/aprils-award-shower/

    Ciao, Francina xx

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  73. Pete Armetta
    May 02, 2012 @ 19:19:23

    Beautiful. And I so hope you’re getting a lot out of writing. I find it cathartic. I also have a medical “condition” that has caused and still causes a lot of angst for me. If it wasn’t for working on my writing I don’t know what I’d do! Great blog, and thanks for visiting mine. I look forward to reading you.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      May 09, 2012 @ 10:34:14

      Just realised I haven’t replied to this Pete! Another great reason to choose the biggest stick and beat myself with it very hard :):)

      Thank you and I am thoroughly enjoying reading your work :)

      Christine

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  74. renaeclare
    May 16, 2012 @ 15:32:12

    oh my God! Christine. I love your blog and you are so very talented. It breaks my heart that you can’t use the computer for a while because of your hand Neither can I, however for the last couple of years I have been using the Dragon voice recognition program and it has saved me from untold angst, frustrations, and throwing things against the wall. Sometimes it doesn’t curse as much as I would like it to and I have to teach it to say certain off-color words but I love it just the the same. My thoughts are with you and take care.
    Renae Clare.

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  75. journeyintopoetry
    May 16, 2012 @ 15:48:37

    Hi Renae Claire!

    Thank you for visiting and for leaving this comment!

    I hope my reply doesn’t appear twice! I thought I had posted it but it disappeared.

    I will be posting again I hope in a few weeks but I have to be patient and discipline myself:) a difficult task!

    Christine x

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  76. Jennifer Willis
    May 19, 2012 @ 11:54:21

    Hi Chris – amazing how similar our introductions are! Acceptance and not wrestling are a key part of progressing for me too. Will look at your poetry now
    Jennifer x

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    • journeyintopoetry
      May 19, 2012 @ 13:36:45

      Lovely to hear from you Jennifer and thank you so much for commenting here.

      Acceptance is a huge phenomenon isn’t it and I only recently realised how much of a “grey” area it is rather than”black and white” – by that I mean I find it comes and goes, sometimes bits of it stay and then other times it floats right past me! :) I think you may , hopefully, understand what I mean!

      It’s lovely to meet you. And as for my poetry, I certainly don’t claim to be a “poet” as such, I simply write my feelings and thoughts which come straight from the heart. It helps me so much and if others get something from it then that is a lovely bonus. And it’s great to meet so many lovely new people.

      Christine :)

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  77. sandraconner
    May 19, 2012 @ 19:12:58

    Hi, Christine. I discovered you while visiting Dennis Lange’s page, and I noticed your comment on his page today about the Haiku. Do read his page “Forms of Poetry,” because he has a great explanation of Haiku. In fact, I have been an English and literature teacher all my life, and I told him that his explanation of that form is one of the best I’ve seen anywhere. I also read several of your poems on here today. They are really good. You have the ability to describe feelings and experiences in a picturesque way.

    You mentioned in your bio about not knowing a lot about poetry or its “forms.” One of the great things about poetry is that, although we can discipline ourselves to fit our words into specific forms that must meet explicit criteria, we can also let ourselves write free verse, or even invent our own forms intirely. We’re still poets. So, while it’s fun and good practice to sometimes make ourselves abide by the rules of haiku or the sonnet, for example, it’s also good to courageously put our stuff out there in our own personal patterns too — and dare the world to read it and be blessed by it. Go for it!

    (And please don’t feel you must respond to this comment if you are needing to rest your hands. I understand.)

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  78. journeyintopoetry
    May 20, 2012 @ 10:42:08

    Hi Sandra,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make this comment. I really appreciate it and felt it warranted a reply though it may be short :)

    Your words have really encouraged me because I often wonder about what I write and it’s effectiveness or value in the poetic world! All I can say is that although not particularly intellectual, my poems emerge from the heart and are therapeutic for me and that is what my blog is all about. If others can connect and/or benefit then that is a huge bonus. And I have made so many new and interesting friends.

    Thank you again! I could have said a lot more but I am in the painful process of applying some self discipline , at least where my hand is concerned! :)

    Best wishes

    Christine

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  79. chronicpainsurvivor
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 07:50:00

    I’m so glad you found my blog as it has given me a chance to discover your blog also. I adore poetry and look forward to reading your thoughts. I also understand how difficult acceptance of illness can be, I am always here for support :-)

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 03, 2012 @ 08:53:07

      Hi,

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment. It is much appreciated. It is good to meet you too and I, too, am always here for support should you nee it. Actually, this very contact is a great support in itself so thank you.:)

      Christine

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  80. Renae Clare
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 21:20:56

    hi Christina! when you doing? I feel like I lost contact with you there for a while. I would love it if you would post my blog on your list…. Love you, Renae

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  81. Wendell A. Brown, aka. The Brown One Poet
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 10:32:52

    Christine, your soft spoken words moved my spirit and heart! I share something in common, with you, I too was diagnosed with MS, last December! But i have chosen to embrace it instead of fearing it, not letting it tear me down. I too write poetry sharing my heart and the love that was placed there by a loving creator to as many as i can for as long as I can. I too spend a lot of time at home as i am permanently disabled. There is a soft beauty your heart brings to share, as i feel what is alive in your spirit! It is a blessing to welcome your heart into our blog world. I have written for years and never chose to share but with a few…when I became permanently disabled i was reminded by my first love, that He gave a gift. He chose the time for me to share and it has made my life much better with all whom i have come to know, love, and respect! I look forward to enjoying your words of life! You are blessed and also you are an overcomer! Keep smiling and moving forward!

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 20, 2012 @ 12:14:45

      Wendell.

      It’s lovely to meet you! You have no idea how much joy it gives me when someone new to me connects with my blog, especaially someone who is going through similar difficulties.

      My diagnosis a little complicated! To cut a long story short for now, I am told my MS is secondary progressive. But when they gathered my medical history together it became apparent that I have had remitting relapsing for about 30 years!! I had several weird and unpleasant symptoms back in the 80s and 90s (numbness in arms and back, electric shock down legs when I bent my head resulting in loss of use for 4 months, and a pupil in my eye dilated for 2 months) all totally unexplained at the time and put down to stress; I was given tranquillisers and thought that I must be a very weak person unable to handle life! Then nothing till 2001 when my hands went numb and still are. Then in 2005 it all started. Different symptoms began to appear and rather than go away they got worse so an MRI and lumbar puncture followed and here I am with a four wheel walking aid! I am still in shock I think.

      I have no idea where the poetry came from; I am not by any means poetic!! All I know is that it became a door I pushed open for myself in the face of adversity. I find it therapeutic and also sometimes fun! I hope that by putting them out there some of them may “rub off” and help others going through similar struggles, but I do write about stuff not related to MS too!

      I have days when I wonder where “I” have gone and grieve for my old life, but I am meeting some lovely and inspirational people on this new and sometimes frightening road, and feel that I can only grow through all of this.

      I have visited your blog and clicked “follow”!!

      Love

      Christine

      xx

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  82. sylv
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 15:26:54

    Hi Christine, I am touched by your thoughtful blog and would love to nominate you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award http://riverscribbles.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/oh-so-sweet-super-sweet-blogging-award/#more-211
    Keep up the great writing and congratulations x

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 22, 2012 @ 15:03:22

      Hi Sylv

      Thank you very much for this award!

      I would normally do all the things and pass it on but at the moment I am recovering from an MS flare up and my energy levels are at their lowest.But I accept the award with much gratitude, thank you

      Christine x

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  83. Kenny Smith
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 16:15:57

    BRILLIANT! I never read any poetry before but I really enjoyed reading your poems, and I could picture everything! keep it up I say!

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  84. myhealthylifewithms
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 22:38:21

    Hi Christine! Love your blog! Very inspiring! From one MS patient to another, I definitely understand your struggles. Your poetry is just beautiful. Keep up the great work! I will add you to my blog roll! I hope you feel better soon!

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 14, 2012 @ 08:19:10

      Hi Nicole!

      Thank you for visiting and for deciding to follow my blog!

      I have left a more lengthy comment on your “About” page on your blog which, of course, I am now delighted to be following! :)

      Best Wishes

      Christine x

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  85. Bodhirose
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 16:50:22

    Hi, Christine…decided to wander over here after our interaction over my cat poem and pay you a visit.

    I wish you well on your journey of rediscovering how to be in the world with a chronic illness. No easy feat mentally or physically but I send you my support.

    I’m new to poetry too…just a couple of years now after starting my blog and being encouraged by a friend to join a poetry writing group. What an eye opening and fun time it’s been. I’m slowly learning some forms (just tried a sonnet!) and having fun meeting some very talented and kind people out here in the blogosphere. Welcome!
    Hugs,
    Gayle

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 16, 2012 @ 17:02:51

      Thank you so much Gayle, for visiting!

      I am still wondering how on earth I managed to get here!! lol I never thought I had an ounce of creative writing ability in me. But adversity has apparently proved otherwise! My poetry helps me so much, as an outlet for expressing feelings and frustrations, but also allows me to play around and have fun with it too. I still know nothing!! But I am enjoying reading some good poets and learning from them reading blogs on WP etc, and just simply enjoying the journey!
      I actually put a Haiku on Poets’ Corner the other day called Aloneness if you want to check it out. It’s a start!! :)
      I Would love to read your sonnet!

      Hugs to you too :) x

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  86. Bodhirose
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 17:59:51

    I thought the same thing about myself and writing but it’s been a wonderful experience of expansion for me and being acknowledged by others. Writing helps me deal with feelings too…brings out things in me that I never knew existed.

    I read your lovely haiku and left a comment. Just beautiful… I posted my sonnet on Poet’s Corner today…it’s called “When Young”. I really didn’t master the form but still managed to get a lot of it right…they’re really tricky! If you ever try one, let me know.

    Gayle xoxo

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  87. Nanda
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:02:49

    Very inspiring!
    I also write as a therapeutic thing… :)

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  88. myhealthylifewithms
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 16:35:40

    Hi Christine! It’s Nicolle. Tried to find you on Facebook but didn’t have any luck. So maybe you can find me? I’m under Nicolle Burke. (My photo is my dog–a pug) Hope to “see” you there, my friend! You are right. We can encourage each other :-)

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  89. restlessj
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 16:16:12

    You are ‘flirting’ with poetry? That’s like being a little bit pregnant! Commit, Girl, commit! LOL
    Looks as though you have! Get over this flirting and call yourself a Poet! David and I will sort out anybody who says you’re not!

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  90. journeyintopoetry
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 16:34:32

    Lol!!

    Ok, I admit the flirting has stopped though it was exciting while it lasted!

    I have actually just sent a book to the printers! I am delighted and can hardly believe I’ve done it. My main reason for the book is for family and friends and all copies left over will hopefully raise money for the MS Trust which is very close to my heart :)

    Good .luck with your new blog, I am looking forward to it. Your recent poem on fb was fabulous :)

    Christine

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  91. countingducks
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 09:09:43

    The way you face the difficulty in your life inpires me and others. That is something you achieve without really noticing it. You represent the power of personality ina good way

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  92. Karen
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 12:55:51

    Good luck with it all :) Poetry (and, I find, writing in general) is indeed very therapeutic! Lovely Blog, will definitely do some more browsing :)

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  93. Stefan (maxima)
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 08:27:08

    I like your words,Your blog is beautiful .Thank you for share this for us with love maxima

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  94. Worldly Winds
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 12:50:01

    Hi Christine, have you joined 20 lines or less, and poetry corner yet? If not then you can pick the links up from the side bar (right hand side) of my page! Happy writing – looking forward to following your journey :)
    Alex

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 01, 2012 @ 13:02:28

      Hi Alex (or Alexandra, Not sure which you would prefer! )

      Yes I joined Poets Corner right from its beginning but I havent heard of 20 lines or less. It sounds good, I will check it out, thank you!

      And thank you for reading my blog and commenting too! Poetry is stll very new to me and Im loving it! It all began through adversity and I have no idea where it came from!

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      • Worldly Winds
        Dec 01, 2012 @ 13:05:24

        Haha!! Alex is fine!
        Keep up with the poetry – you have a beautiful talent. I think many poets write from experience of adversity – I know I do. I think we see the world differently.

        Sometimes poems seem to come from nowhere, other times I have the essence of a poem and it is a real wrestle to get it out there!
        :)

    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 01, 2012 @ 15:05:37

      Thank you!

      Yes me too regarding the poetry.

      Sometimes I have a good idea for one but nothing happens. Other times the words seem to fall onto the page just as they should and need nothing doing with them. Then some other times I am glad of the bin!! Lol.

      I have been to look at 20 Lines, it looks good! I think I may join.

      Thank you for letting me know about it. :)

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      • Worldly Winds
        Dec 01, 2012 @ 15:11:47

        I have just found a website called Write out Loud.net
        It highlights all the events happening around your local area – I only found it today. It looks interesting. Maybe I will hunt down some of these elusive Sheffield Poets yet!!
        :)

    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 01, 2012 @ 15:38:51

      That sounds good too, I will have a look!

      I was just thinking, if there is any “good” time to be visited by a condition that is going to be here for the long haul, then now is the time! If it wasn’t for the internet I would be quite lost and I think quite lonely too. I have a very supportive family but they will never understand how It feels to be disabled as I now find myself and i often feel that life just goes on all around me. Just a thought and also a rant I think!

      The internet really does supply me with the support I need and lovely new blogs to visit too!!!

      Christine

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      • Worldly Winds
        Dec 01, 2012 @ 16:13:47

        Haha rant away!! I find wordpress can become a bit like a part time job trying to keep up with all the fabulous blogs! Now if only I could convince someone to pay me to read them, then I would have my ideal job!!! :)

  95. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 16:26:41

    Me too, that would be perfect!! :)

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  96. mindofshoo
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 18:09:02

    Just found your blog and its beautiful. I know how you feel about sharing your poems. It frightens me as well. Good luck on your journey…I will follow. Thanks for sharing, it helps others take that plunge.

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  97. Ina
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 09:12:48

    Hi Christine, I have nominated you for ‘Blog of the Year’ award. All details on my latest post L&Hs

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  98. Journeyintopoetry
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 09:27:56

    Hi Ina! Thank you so much, I feel truly honoured!!

    Love and hugs xx🌲 xx

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  99. Poetry and Icecream
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 10:24:40

    Hi Christine. I have nominated you for two awards – The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! Please check out the link provided for more details http://normamartiri.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/awards/.
    Congratulations and blessings! Norma

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  100. Elizabeth Virdon
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 19:10:07

    I like to say that I have been writing poetry since my teens…and GOOD poetry since my 30s. It takes time, but there have been times when my poetry has been the only form of ‘speaking’ I could manage, when the sorrows in my life had robbed me of everything else.

    I’ll follow you. :)

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  101. lscotthoughts
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 03:55:36

    Hi Christine, It’s so good to visit you in this land, along with fb! I’m glad to be back and I think I’m now in a place where writing will benefit me. Last year, I was paralyzed. Maybe it’s something about the hope and magic of a new year beginning. Anyway, sending you hugs and will see you soon! xoxo
    Lauren

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Jan 09, 2013 @ 10:21:54

      Hi Lauren, it is lovely to see you here!

      I am so pleased Diane shared your poems on fb and that we finally met!

      You show great courage and I am grateful for your visit here. It must be difficult for you to come back and resume your writing. You have lots of support on here including myself. And you are always welcome to email me
      if you need to chat, vent or anything else! My address is chrismoran@dsl.pipex.com.

      Love and hugs
      Christine xx

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      • lscotthoughts
        Jan 09, 2013 @ 14:36:58

        Thanks, Christine, and I may just email you, along with a few other friends who I’d like to fill in more about what’s going on. Not too bore you, but since you’ve been so supportive, I’d like to tell you more…love and hugs back! xoxo

  102. Betty Hayes Albright
    Jan 10, 2013 @ 03:30:25

    Christine, your book arrived this afternoon!!! I’m so excited – it’s beautiful and I can’t wait to start reading. What a wonderful gift this is – I can’t thank you enough!!!
    Love, Betty

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    • Journeyintopoetry
      Jan 10, 2013 @ 13:29:16

      Hi Betty

      I am so pleased you finally received your book! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

      I wonder where the other one ended up! I hope it has a good hone :)

      Much love

      Christine xxxxx

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  103. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 10:47:22

    This is excellent – because I know for me, when I began blogging (which in fact to me is the first draft of a painful part of my life, in novel) – I know that it saved me, very slowly, from the depression and the fact I tried to kill myself. So with your MS, it will distract you, & give you something worthwhile to focus on.

    I hope things are good for you now – it’s a year almost since.

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  104. journeyintopoetry
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 11:10:53

    Thank you so much for visiting and for this lovely comment
    .
    And you are so right! Starting this blog was the best thing I could do for myself during the roller coaster monthe of post diagnosis.

    A friend suggested I try poetry and start a blog. i looked at him and laughed. Me?! Poetry?! But I did, and it unblocked an area of creativity I would never have thought posible. I write very simply, mostly from personal experiences, but I am actually branching out now!!

    And I actually produced my own book of my poems for family and friends and gave them out at Christmad. I have a surplus which I am going to give to the MS Trust to sell for their fundraising.

    As far as the MS is concerned, it is slowly drip feeding its ugly progression, but I have my poetry and a wealth of friends I didnt know at the beginning of 2011.
    Life is different and it is hard,but it can still be good

    I am pleased for you too, that you have gained much from the blogging world; it can be a Godsend. I hope you are well. And a very happy New Year to you.

    Christine

    .

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  105. beeseeker
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 11:31:21

    Understand the trepidation – one hundred per cent – I certainly was there at one point (sometimes, if truth be told I still am) – but good luck in Blog world – there’s plenty here to enjoy.

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  106. teeceecounsel
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 09:31:58

    I am really excites that poetry can be a form of therapy. It there a medical name for using peotry for treament? Something like poetrotherapy? Smiles. Recovery may really be slow and painstaking, but it really makes a better person. Something good can always come out of any condition, and I’m glad that your poetry has found expression. Wishing you the very best, I like what you are doing.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:08:38

      Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comment.

      I do believe that my struggles and how I am managing them are leading me to become the person I am intended to be if that makes sense.

      Thank you so much for your good wishes

      Christine

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  107. bardessdmdenton
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 23:00:59

    Hi, Christine! I know you know, but just to make it official – Music always has been, is, and always will be my muse. It is a constant companion. It connects me to what is within and beyond me. What a lovely post and I thank you!

    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Link here http://bardessdmdenton.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/inspiration-awarded/ to see my post which contains ‘the rules’ which, of course, are for following or not as you wish. No awards, no words can ever express how much your friendship, your love, your support, your courage, your beautiful spirit inspires me! Blessings, Love and hugs, Diane ♥♥♥

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:07:39

      Hi Diane,

      Thank you so much for nominatingme! I am thoroughly delighted and honoured.

      Your second comment made me smile. I am always puttng copy and paste in the wrong place or sending bits to the wrong people so you have helped me to feel less guilty for the mistake! ,

      Lots of love and hugs ❤

      Christine xxxx

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  108. bardessdmdenton
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 23:03:07

    Oh, dear, the part about music was a copy and paste that shouldn’t have happened. Of course I don’t need to tell you what music means to me! Sorry about that …

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  109. Jamie Dedes
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 20:52:09

    Bravo! You go girl …

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  110. beeseeker
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 20:10:15

    Understand exactly how you feel about the biggest step: letting others read your poetry – glad you made the move, enjoy the bloosphere!

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  111. Mark Broadhead
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 17:19:06

    Dear Christine,

    I have just read (out loud, because that is how poetry should be heard) your poem in latest ms trust publication, ‘Befriending the Enemy’. I love it.

    I have myself just been diagnosed (nov 2012) with MS and so am still in the acceptance stage, I think. Thank you for your story and your poetry. It inspires and helps me in coming to terms with what I may have lost of myself and to face up to my fears which you expressed so eloquently in the poem. Thank you.
    Mark, Birmingham

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Feb 21, 2013 @ 18:13:21

      Hi Mark. I replied to your comment on my blog, but it sems to have isappeared, and in any case Im not sure if you will have read it so I will try to email you beause I dont want you to think I have ignored your comment.

      Christine

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  112. Harry Nicholson
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 12:53:55

    I’ve just read your article posted on the MS Trust. You write so well, and the poem is a masterpiece.

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  113. Jane Winfield
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 13:57:52

    Hi Christine,
    I read your poem “befriending the enemy” in open door today and really think it is good. I like you have MS and walk badly. Do go for a mobility scooter – they have given me a new lease of life. I have a variety – one which is light that I could put in the car ( prefer help now ), one that can go cross country (which my dog used to sit on ) and an in between (which next week is going to Morocco with me)
    Best wishes,
    Jane

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Feb 20, 2013 @ 17:03:32

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you very much for getting in touch. You have helped me to give myself a kick on this because as yet I am just looking at scooters but have made no decision.

      I definitely will get one (or two!) I was in fact wondering whether to get more than one so I could have one for the car. Now you have encouraged me to go ahead and do just hay! So a big thank you! 😊

      Enjoy your trip!

      Christine x

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  114. Brenda
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 17:23:56

    Hi Christine,

    I read your aritcle in the Open Door magazine which I receive due to my sister having had MS. The first thing that caught my eye was the pictures – first of the redundant walker and then the one of your lovely dog “waiting for cake”. !! I read the poem and then decided to read the article. I have a dog of my own and understand what benefits there are being able to get out and about with them to see the beautiful world and nature around us. He looks like a great friend.

    It also prompted me to move on with the decision of departing with my sister’s scooter which has been kept securely in my cousins garage since last April. We live in London so if you are interested please let me know.

    I hope that you continue to get out and about as much as possible and continue with your wonderful poetry sharing.

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  115. Jackie Campbell
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 19:06:23

    Hello Christine,
    What a refreshing experience I had this morning when I read MS Open Door. I am a new member of a MS support group and I, too am a recovering alcoholic (sober 10 yrs) and was diagnosed with MS several weeks ago. I agree that ACCEPTANCE IS THE KEY. We will get through this, one day at a time, and look at all the support you’ve got from fellow poets and fellow MS’rs!! We are all on a journey and heres to it being an more comfortablr ride with all the love and support I feel from this poetry web site :D xx
    PS. I’m a dog lover too (rescue greyhounds)
    Thank you for your encouragement today!!
    Love and blessings from Jackie

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  116. Jackie Campbell
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 09:50:10

    Hiya Christine,
    Got your email. What a lovely surprise.
    So glad I’ve found this website and I feel such a connection with other MS’rs.
    I hope to be a regular visitor to your site.
    Love and blessings to all.
    Jackie

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  117. Geo Sans
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 22:29:24

    good luck

    in your creative

    journey

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  118. Darshan Gajara
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 13:22:03

    Even I’m motivated with your fighting spirit now..
    #respect
    Darshan

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  119. Beverly Ball
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 08:01:10

    From Pete’s post about Spring, this morning I’ve come to you. Please know I appreciate your Recovery Work. (Pete has, correctly, defined my writing ‘Prose'; without it, tho, & the haiku which preceded it, I’m quite sure I couldn’ta survived).

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  120. Beverly Ball
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 08:03:50

    ‘Keep up The Good Work’!!

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  121. Jackie Campbell
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 22:07:44

    Hello all,
    I have recently been diagnosed with MS. Huge shock at first, but now the news has sunk in I am determined that I’m going to turn this negative into a positive.
    One of my symptoms is a very weak right hand. This I found very annoying whilst reading a thick paperback book (hardbacks are totally out of the question!)
    I love books and an hour in Waterstones is a real treat – especially my local one in Gloucester as it has a Costa Coffee in store!! Just after I was diagnosed, my husband treated me to a Kindle – I had always vowed never to use one of these electronic gadgets – but I am now overwhelmed now by it’s simplicity and convenience!!
    I still miss browsing through the charity shops for one ….or maybe a dozen paperbacks now, but to anyone who has problems with a standard book should take a look at one of the electronic readers.
    Also, can I encourage anyone who likes to knit/sew/crosstitch etc to take a look at a website called Stitchlinks.com. Medical evidence has proved that stitching can help with pain management – and this week I have managed to knit a 6″ square. I am starting a new project to make a small blanket for use at my MS Society club.
    I have also started reading poetry (thanks to Christine and this site) Some of it I don’t understand – but I’m determined to give it a go.
    Thanks to all for your light hearted messages,
    Love Jackie from Gloucestershire :)

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  122. Moment Matters
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 05:47:08

    Christine, how are you?

    Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

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  123. Journeyintopoetry
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 10:02:58

    Hi!

    And thank you very much for this award! I feel humbled and truly honoured!

    I hope you have a good day too.

    Christine

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  124. kaytheauthor
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 06:46:18

    You will be successful I look forward to your poems!

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 08, 2013 @ 07:56:16

      Thank you very much Kay, for visiting and leaving this lovely comment.

      I never thought I could pen two poetic words together! But writing is helping me so much and if it even simply brushes by the fingertips of another’s soul then thats a huge bonus for me :)

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  125. julespaige
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 11:25:45

    I found your poem today at Simply Elfje.
    Continued success with writing and your health.

    We are all differently-abled in some way. I have found concerning poetry on the net, we are in quite good company.

    Cheers.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 10, 2013 @ 11:32:08

      Hi Jules,

      Thanks very much for visiting and leaving a comment; it’s very much appreciated.

      I have had my blog for about a year and.a half now, and writing is becoming incresingly beneficial to.me. It can be fun too!

      Christine

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  126. Karen
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:26:42

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award: http://drawingroomdays.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/blog-awards/ xx

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  127. moondustwriter
    May 09, 2013 @ 16:08:41

    Poetry is a great place for expression. nice thing – no absolutes and you can make the rules

    blessings as you meander this ongoing journey with MS

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  128. ventisqueras
    May 19, 2013 @ 05:57:42

    le tue parole mi hanno molto commossa, la Poesia da voce all’anima, profuma col candore del giglio e con la mitezza delle viole
    che ti sia sempre vicina accompagnandoti di dolcezza e amore nel tuo viaggio
    un grande abbraccio

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    • Journeyintopietry
      May 19, 2013 @ 12:24:45

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving this beautiful comment, which is poetry in itself. I asked a friend to translate it for me as I dont speak a word of Italian :)
      Your words have brightened my day. Thankyou so much xxx

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  129. petebowes
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 03:18:26

    Journeyinto poetry eh .. hope you like journeyintosurfing. The journey is a little rough, but we have a few things in common. Best of luck with your work. pete

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Jun 09, 2013 @ 09:26:16

      Hi Pete! What an absolute delight to have this comment greet me on my Sunday morning. Its been one of those starts to the day that involves lots of negative self-muttering bemoaning the unfairness of everyrhing, the kind of muttering that you want everyone yet no one to hear. So I truly appreciate this visit and Iam sure I will enjoy my journeyintosurfing! :)

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  130. harulawordsthatserve
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 07:07:24

    Hello dearest Christine. Wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for a sunshine award! You’ve offered me such friendship, encouragement and wisdom – thank you! If you want to accept, drop by, but otherwise please just know how much I appreciate you. Blessings, Harula xxxxxx

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  131. Jennifer Evans
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 17:26:26

    Hi there. Would you be interested in submitting a poem or two for an MS poetry anthology. This book will benefit the MS community in Dallas, TX, where I live. Thank you. Contact me and I can share the cover with you.

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  132. Professor VJ Duke
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 20:24:14

    Well the professor can’t write poetry at all!

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  133. Carl D'Agostino
    Sep 11, 2013 @ 10:26:04

    I follow Ina too. You may like poets I follow – stillfugue and sixthsymph. Thanks visit my blog – what a coincidence you know the places Nuno drew !

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 11, 2013 @ 10:34:06

      Hi Carl,

      Thank you for visiting and following!!

      I will check out the poets you suggest. And yes! I could hardly believe it when I turned my iPad on this morning after our return, to find the drawings! It gave me a rather warm feeling and a sense of the world being quite small. And Ina is a very good friend of mine! There seems to be some synchronicity at work here :) by the way I am in the UK.

      Reply

  134. Cubby
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 17:14:02

    You have a beautiful blog, and your writing is very heartfelt. I look forward to reading more of your poems. :)

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  135. jessieymcgee
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 17:48:03

    Loving your blog!

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  136. Cynthia Jobin
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 22:58:26

    Dear Christine—The MS anthology came and I have been reading it today. (Finding all your own poems first, of course.) The title word “Touching” is appropriate, but I was more than touched by your words; I was deeply moved. Age and crippling arthritis has me with my own pain and lack of mobility, so I can empathize to a degree, but only imagine the greater courage you require to see the good in each day. Your work and spirit are beautiful. You, are beautiful. I am glad to know you.

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    • Journeyintopoetry
      Oct 05, 2013 @ 13:13:49

      Oh Cynthia thank you, both for buying the book and for the warmth in your heartfelt comment, which has brought me to tears. I am a big softy though and it doesn’t take much to make these eyes peer with blurriness from under water. However they aren’t sad tears, maybe melancholy, but not sad; they are also of gratitude for your friendship and support. We all have our own pain to bear and I am slowly becoming aware of yours too, so let’s keep on keeping on and helping each other to stay afloat 😊 xx

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  137. kathryningrid
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 04:50:51

    What a glorious way to take charge of your life and find its sweetness, no matter what trials the journey presents. You have clearly already accomplished much with your own determination, and that says you will triumph over anything life handles you with the greatest possible grace. May you find enormous joy and fulfillment as you go, my friend!
    Kathryn

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Nov 17, 2013 @ 11:25:13

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thank you so much for visiting and for this heartfelt comment; it is so very much appreciated.

      I am so pleased I found your blog too. I so wish I could draw, but unforunately it isnt something I have been gifted with. But I can still enjoy the work of others and I know I am going to enjoy yours.

      Christine x

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  138. beckarooney
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 21:44:38

    Christine! I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, see http://thisandthat93.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ for the details. Don’t worry about accepting the award, I understand if you don’t :) xx

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  139. Bastet
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 11:33:53

    It’s nice to have met you Christine! I see you’ve come quite a ways since this was written. A wonderful choice. Writing has been a up turner very often in my life and I think that it’s one of the best ways to keep in contact with my smiley self :-) Thanks for sharing and will enjoy reading your poetry in future!

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Nov 30, 2013 @ 12:27:19

      Hi Bastet! Lovely to see you here and thank you for following my blog. It is very much appreciated. I have visited you too, and Im now following! I still have no idea what Im doing poetry wise; I just write and Im enjoying it! I love that writing brings out your smiley self! I think it does this for me too! 😊

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      • Bastet
        Nov 30, 2013 @ 13:24:51

        Well, as far as what I’m doing poetry-wise I just look at the forms and try to do my best, sometimes something interesting comes out of my efforts :-D in any case it’s fun, an d that what’s important.

    • Journeyintopoetey
      Nov 30, 2013 @ 13:33:35

      Absolutely! Its the fun part that matters most to me too! 😊

      Reply

  140. Bette A. Stevens
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 03:55:37

    Wishing you well in all of your journey’s paths! Following.

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  141. Marko
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 16:42:32

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  142. Marko
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 14:01:43

    Hello! Feel free to watch my new photo album. I greet and wish you a beautiful weekend!

    http://marciento.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/ducks-and-pigeons-kaczki-i-golebie/

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  143. Lindy Lee
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 23:21:34

    Hello, Christine; I’m here at your site by way of recommendation from Kathryn Ingrid…

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Mar 04, 2014 @ 09:17:15

      Hi Lindy! How lovely to meet you. I will pop over and visit your blog.

      I still know very litle in this great world of poetey, but I am learning, and what I do know is that writing, however good or bad, has helped me through some very dark days and sustains me through the good. 😊 Thank you for following.

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  144. Journey In Rhyme
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 09:13:49

    I admire your strength and positive attitude- very inspirational. Love your blog name fellow “journey girl”! Look forward to reading your posts?

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  145. Minuscule Moments
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 19:42:57

    Christine thank you for checking out my space I look forward to reading your poetry too and glad of the new connection. Kath

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  146. Jade Reyner
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 18:45:15

    Hi. I have been recommended to your site by Starralee and so here I am. I have read your journey and I take my hat off to you for using poetry in the way that you are doing. I am very much looking forward to reading more of your work. Best regards. :-)

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  147. Rob McShane
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 15:50:50

    Hi Christine – Starralee mentioned you in a comment on one of my posts as am also living with MS and writing! This is certainly an interesting trip and do hope your journey is as fruitful as possible! Going to enjoy some of your poetry – many thanks!

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Apr 09, 2014 @ 17:15:26

      Hi Rob!

      Thank you so much for visiting! Its good to meet you. I never wrote any poetry until my diagnosis but I love it and Im sure it has saved my sanity. Its good to hear writing helps you too. I will pop over and visit your blog 😊

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  148. russtowne
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 04:11:51

    Hi, Christine. I enjoy your poetry. Two of your poems especially resonate with me:
    Still Time
    Innocence
    I’m creating a collection of 104 poems from many of my favorite poets for an anthology, and would love to be able to include some of your creations. If you’re interested, please contact me for details at russtowne@yahoo.com. Please also spread the word to other poets whose work resonates with you.
    Thank you.
    Russ Towne

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  149. elaine patricia
    May 10, 2014 @ 18:33:25

    So nice to meet a fellow poet here from my neck of the woods, where nearly. I am in north manchester. Love your blog and will be following.

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    • journeyintopoetry
      May 11, 2014 @ 09:05:18

      Thanks so much Elaine! Yes its lovely to meet bloggers close to home. In fact its rather a rarity for me; most of he people following me seem to be in America.

      Our youngest daughter went to Manchester Uni and my husband’s work has been Manchester baed for many years; he travels there from Leeds most days and he is now a school govenor at a new academy, I thinks its called The East Manchester Academy, not completely sure.

      Thanks so much for following!

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  150. journalread
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 20:20:38

    I admire what you are doing and what you have achieved, Christine. Your journey is a good one. Polly x

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  151. Rob McShane
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 16:30:16

    Hi Christine
    Apologies for asking this on your blog but cannot find an email address! Since I have returned from hospital, I cannot find Starralee’s blog or any activity from her. Do you know if she is okay? Sorry to bother…just a little concerned!

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  152. Donna L. Palmer
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 22:08:01

    Oh my I luv your pics I also title things past present, before after etc…lovely to see you again :-) you’re a wicked busy person! I saw you & you’re all over my cousins site…yes…like you say you’re the breeze & get around a lot! lol Nice to see you again :)

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  153. annarosemeeds
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 20:39:48

    You are very brave to battle through MS with such an optimistic attitude. Thank you for sharing your poetry here!

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Jul 12, 2014 @ 14:09:44

      Thank you so much Anna Rose for this lovely comment. I think writing poetry has saved my sanity over the last three years. Life becomes progressively difficult and I like to think that some of my poems help others to face their fears too. I think knowing you arent alone is so very important in accepting all the “new normals” we have to face. Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Reply

  154. jstansfeld
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 13:30:03

    Hi Jackie,
    I’m not sure if this post will get to you. Cynthia directed me to your comment on her blog and so I came here to thank you. You made my day! To have someone I don’t know read and comment on ‘A Sin for a Son” is truly gratifying.
    I read your own introduction and empathize as I have Parkinson’s , which is, I believe, more manageable than MS but triggers some of the same reactions and emotions. I often think that it is trials; such as MS, or loss of a loved one, unrequited love, or some other intense emotion, which trigger the most beautiful poetry. I praise you for your writing.
    Thank you again,
    Cheerio,
    Jane

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    • journeyintopoetry
      Aug 25, 2014 @ 14:34:05

      Hi Jane,

      How lovely that Cynthia directed you to my comment about “A Sin for a Son”. I thoroughly enjoyed it and just couldnt put it down. I read from a touch kindle now, nowhere near as satisfying as the real thing but needs must and I am grateful for the technology that allows me to read comfortably, as my hands are now weak.

      Im sorry to hear you have Parkinson’s. As you say, the two conditions are different but any chronic disease such as these, I’m sure,, evokes many of the same emotional issues. I had no idea I could write at all until after my diagnosis. A friend who writes poetry suggested I have a go and I haven’t looked back. You are right when you say intense emotions can trigger such things. ( , ,.lL.,l”……..,,”,,,,,, ‘,,,”uuuuuoooo ,,,,,,,,,,,”m, ) 😊😊 My cat has just added her reflections on all this! She always wants to help me type!

      Thank you again for acknowledging my comment. I will pop over and visit your blog, and I look forward to reading more of you!

      Best wishes

      Christine

      Reply

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