My writing began in February 2007.  The exact date escapes me.
When my biggest case of writer’s block broke free?  December 7th 2007. 
I remember this date very well.  I entered a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida for a craniotomy. 
Over the course of twenty-three years in the navy, aboard nuclear submarines, alongside nuclear weapons; a tumor had grown in my head to the size of a plum.  Only when it began to strangle my optic nerve did I get the kind of examination that discovered the meningioma. 
Going under the knife seemed easy.  All I had to do was show up; they'd take care of the rest.  I remember waking up muddleheaded.  My family stood around me talking with me.  I heard them but could not speak clearly.  An incredible thirst overwhelmed me.  I clamored for a pen and paper.  Feverishly I wrote.  Before anyone could make out my message I passed out.
Four days later I awoke from my coma a changed man.  I don't see.  Others do, my wife does.  I am different.  One thing I'm thankful for, one thing I want to share in this blog; without saying so much, I finally got off my ass and took writing seriously.  Writing requires writing.  Seems like such a dumb statement as I see it written before me.  Hope is a great thing, but hope without help can sour and die on the vine.  Here's hoping all you would-be writers harvest your hopes and harness your passion.
Write your heart out and see your heart grow.

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Comment by Gail Gray on June 12, 2011 at 3:23pm
What a powerful blog post.  As someone who works in rehab supports for traumatic brain injured adults, I can in some ways to understand some of what you go through.  Your courage, words of hope and story will prove to help other individuals over such massive obstacles.
Comment by Winfield H. Strock III on June 13, 2011 at 4:32pm
Thank you.  My outlook on life has become one of energetic optimism.  I really love writing and I love that my surgery pressed home the importance of doing something I'm passionate about.  Each fall we celebrate Thanksgiving a week late.  I give thanks every December for each extra moment I have.
Comment by Winfield H. Strock III on June 22, 2011 at 7:18pm
Thank you so much.  The experience opened my eyes to the importance of pursuing dreams rather than letting them remain only dreams.

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