Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Public or Private – Day Two

I’ve never really had to think about what I post or don’t post before. Obviously I know not to put personal information out there, but on my LiveJournal account I only had people I knew and in quite a few cases had met so obviously there was more detail put in and anything more personal was locked so only the select few could see it.

As for scrapbooking, journalling has been my main downfall. I never know what to write and when I do it always seems a bit trite and contrived, rather than just my thoughts, my memories and anything I didn’t want anyone to see, I just didn’t write down at all.

So today’s prompt was a bit of a difficult one for me. First of all, try and journal something…anything at all…second, add something that could be hidden. I toyed with adding a hidden photo but in the end went with the journalling, something that I have never said to anyone else.

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The layout is inspired by an event that I had no photograph for. Twelve years ago I underwent a double hip and single knee replacement, all within 5 weeks. I was in a hospital 100 miles from home and had been unable to walk for 8 months.  The thing about having all that done in such a short space of time was that I really didn’t think about the fact that (especially after the knee was done in the second week) I could actually walk, albeit with a walking frame.

Eventually I moved onto the crutches pictured in the layout and was allowed home. Six weeks later on the day of the first check up the surgeon told me I could ditch the dreaded crutches and was fine to stand on my own two feet once again.  It felt wonderful. I didn’t have to rely on people so much any more, I could move about without the heavy metal things getting in the way and making my shoulders ache. 

The hidden part of the journalling, is about the other side of the story, about my feelings on the future regarding my hips and knees and hopefully will at some point help me face the fears I have about them.

The layout also ticked off a couple of my intentions that I wrote down in yesterday’s layout…trying something new (the bubble wrap stamping) and to scrap more about myself.

So far I’m keeping up with the class…I’m not sure how long that will last!

7 comments:

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

I completely understand not knowing whether to post personal things. I struggle with this too. I'm glad you were able to get this layout done! I'm from Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers class.

Photographing Mom said...

I like what you've shared. :o)

Amy said...

What a great page and what a acomplishment!

Cindy Jones said...

I loved reading about your rehabilitation post surgery. The fears you noted are real. I've had similiar fears regarding my health. I hope you post your feelings. It's refreshing to know there are other people who feel the same as you!

g said...

WOW you ROCK! another awesome post & layout- love the bubble wrap stamping! thanks for sharing such a personal story- you're inspiring me to share more about what i've been through too- so thanks for helping me with my prompt 2 too :)

Kim said...

I struggle a great deal with what to post or what not to post. I have a couple of entries that I have ended up deleting...

Meghann said...

I had a hard time with this prompt too, but I think you've done a great job! It is a really great story to share.