Have you ever had a ‘Eureka’ moment? They’re fantastic aren’t they? I had one on Sunday. I’ve decided to become a full-time writer and comper. Let me explain.

I haven’t done any paid work for quite a while. Two miscarriages and the resulting mental health problems have severely dented my confidence. On top of that a pre-existing medical problem has resurfaced. I have psoriasis on the soles of my feet and my palms.

Many years ago, after years of visits to doctors & specialists, I decided to blow £400 of my student loan on Chinese Medicine. Three weeks of acupuncture, herbal foot baths and numerous pills later I was amazed.  I could finally walk and pick up a pen without tearing the skin. The accompanying depression lifted and I got my life back.

Four years later  it’s back, hardly surprising really given the battering my health has taken recently. So I’m on a mission to raise the money for more treatment. But how?


I’m going to enter competitions, pray I win and sell the prizes or, in the case of writing competitions, bank any prize money I get.

Of course, there are no guarantees that my plan will work, you may even think I’m a bit of a dreamer, but what’s the alternative? If I do nothing I may never be able to hold down a job again. Who wants to employ someone who can barely walk?

At least this way I can claw back some dignity, find some enthusiasm and I’ll have hope. It’s got to be better than the half-life I’m living now. 🙂


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ann
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 16:09:57

    Thats the spirit. Best of luck with the new plan!


  2. Heather Bestel
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 12:16:55

    Hi Kate

    Here’s another idea – it might just work!
    As you are a writer, you have expertise that others will pay for or barter for.

    Contact magazines, newspapers and journos you know and tell them of your skin condition. Offer to write a review of the treatment process and they can pay for the treatment. You could even try a few different treatments.

    Alternatively, contact Chinese Medical practitioners and offer to write an article in return for the treatment. Barter is King!!!

    I understand some of the issues around depression and can empathise. After we lost a baby we were expecting, my confidence dropped so low I couldn’t teach for months. In fact I couldn’t leave the house and was even hallucinating at times. Mental health issues are so misunderstood and often hidden.

    It took me two years before I was ready to start again and we finally welcomed our one and only child into the world in 1997.

    We went on to try again but, after much heartache and dissapointment, we realised that she was the only child we would ever have.

    Medical tests identified an underlying reason for my condition. We accept this and give thanks everyday for our beautiful daughter and her life. We even called her Zoe (Greek for ‘Life’).

    I share this so that you feel support and so that you know that you are not alone. And that in the middle of your pain right now, you may see or know there is a future and things can change.

    I wish you lots of luck and much love
    Heather xxx


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