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I went and talked to the drama people at Amity high school (Devon, did a Matchbox20 dude go there?). It went well, but it was super early in the morning, so I was still really tired and my brain was moving in negative time. I told them about home, and being sick, and why having Lyme disease in this era is so terrible (because of all the misinformation and stupid doctors who aren’t willing to change and such) and mom talked as well (because I honestly know next to nothing about Lyme, because I had no time to learn about it because of the memory loss!). They asked alot of really good questioned and seemed real surprised that Lyme could do this. Only one of the people had had Lyme, but everyone knew someone who has had it. I was shocked. In Victoria, my doctors (even the highly trained specialists) hardly knew what Lyme disease was, let alone all its complications, or someone who even HAD it. But here were these 17 year old kids who knew more than my family doc and Children’s Hospital neurologists. That. Is. Scary.

 I really wanted to talk about what it was like having no memory and how long I’ve been forgetting for and my last memories, but I kinda punked out. I’ve never really felt embarrassed about talking about me being sick, in fact its always felt more like talking about someone ELSE, rather than me, because I have no…personal memories of it really. It kind of hit me that I actually haven’t remembered thing for like…9 months and suddenly that seemed like a very long time. Like an era. Like a whole lifetime. And in a way it is. Its a lifetime that I’ll never get to live again. Its my life but it will never really be my life, in the way I remember the rest of my world. Does that make sense at all? Or is this just the drugs ranting?
This part of me shall never truly be mine: it won’t be until I can remember these times.  

All in a Days Work

The last few days have been kinda crazy, and I’ve been in alot of pain (nothing new). Nancy and Phil are visiting from Ontario which is totally awesome! We’re going to play Password (that old game!) in a bit!

The second night of “Rent” was, if possible, even better than the first! It was really ’emotionally charged’ because it was their last night and all. I totally loved it!! One of the cast members gave me a picture of the whole “Rent” cast annnnnddd it was signed (OMG!!) by all of the cast! It is so amazing!! In a few years, I can say ‘Oh I have so-and-so’s autograph from when they were in high school’ and it will be worth so much! And that’ll probably prove true! They are so unbelievably talented! Sigh, I wish I could see “Rent” again.
Went to a screening of ‘Under Our Skin’ at Quinnipiac University (wow! what a name hunh? I think it’s native probably!), which is about 10 minutes away from here. The movie is all about Lyme Disease and I would totally encourage all of you to see it, not just because its about Lyme and if you don’t know about it, it may come back and bite you (no pun intended!), but also it is a fantastically done film! It follows a number of people battling Lyme, and covers the controversy and new research, as well as other aspects of the topic. The girl who put on the showing, Monica also has Lyme disease and was super nice! She has a PICC line too, incidentally! She’s really interesting and really knows her facts! Quite impressive!
Today was okay. Went to the library for a bit and then came home. Basically. Its kinda dismal out there, all rainy and  cloudy and dark! Ah well. The sun will come out tomorrow right? HA!

Measure Your Life in Love

Last night was probably like the coolest and best night/day of this whole year. And I totally wish I was exaggerating because that would mean the last year has been uberly lame-o (HA), but I am totally not.

Amity High School put on the play “Rent”, which as those who have seen it know,  is the best and most epic play ever written! And for those who don’t here is a quick summary:
1. It’s an update of (perhaps the 4th best musical ever and best opera ever written) ‘La Boheme‘.
2. It’s about a group of friends living in New York City. Some of them live in this kind of warehouse/apartment building and through really weird circumstances all meet and become friends (basically…). They battle AIDS, paying the rent, and learning that their lease on life may not be as long as they believe.  As these elements test the characters such as betraying friends, protests, questions of faithfulness, drug abuse, and time try to tear them apart (oh this is sounding so melodramatic!). 
3. It is a musical, and the music is so epic.
4. I just cannot describe how epic it is. The music will make you laugh and cry. I can’t really describe the plot because it is so…EVERYTHING, that it’s pretty hard to describe. Basically, rent ‘Rent’ and you won’t regret it. And this whole numbering system isn’t working out too good for me. 
Anyway, these kids at the high school put on “Rent”, which is basically taking on the mother tiger of all musicals, and I just don’t have words to describe how infinitely awesome it was. They had this energy and chemistry that was absolutely phenomenal, and they were totally believable. You forgot that these were sophomores, juniors, senior. You forgot that Mimi didn’t really have AIDS, that Angel wasn’t really dying, and that they weren’t all in New York City, Bohemian-ing it up. It just blew my mind how fricken awesome they were! I can’t even put into words that kind of energy, only that I’ve seen a lot of plays and this one tops them all! OH! Annnnddd on top of all that, they had such INCREDIBLE voices, equally as good as the original Rent-ers! Aww soooo good!
After the show, I got to MEET THE CAST! I mean OMG right?? And they were the coolest people ever,  so friendly and genuine. They told me that they were singing for me (OMG), and I ‘inspired’ them, which obviously shocked the hell out of me, and humbled me greatly! I mean THESE kids were MY inspiration! I was totally honored to meet them…it was just incredible, their kindness and energy. It was totally unbelievable. I was so happy afterwards, even though I was so tired and hurt so much from clapping (I know, LAME!). I was happier than I have been in a year, probably more. 
And the BESSSTTEST part is…I GET TO GO AGAIN TONIGHT! I know right, you all are so jealous! 
If anyone from Amity High ‘Rent’ cast reads this, please know that you’ve shook up my world, and given me new reasons to push forward and get better! Your passion and talent is most righteous. Thank you for rocking out! Peace it!
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