Article in Retirement and Good Living on how writing saved me

For anyone interested I’ve been featured in Retirement and Good Living.

Writing Saved Me

I feel very lucky. That wasn’t always the case. Stricken with Lyme Disease after moving to Ojai, California in 1997, my life went from a very busy job as a Nurse Practitioner in the second busiest emergency room in Los Angeles county to virtually bedridden. Initially, I found the tick bite and had prophylactic treatment with antibiotics but six months later learned that the treatment was a failure. Taking daily calcium with the antibiotics prevented absorption of the medication needed to combat any bacteria spread from the tick. When I awoke one morning with my left knee swollen four times its original size, and was unable to weight bear, I knew something was terribly wrong. I had all but forgotten about the earlier tick bite and treatment until I saw the orthopedic surgeon. One look at my red, swollen, left knee and he said that because it was an atypical presentation, he wanted to order blood work, which included Lyme Disease titers. I was given anti-inflammatory medication and sent home on crutches.

Four days later, I received a phone call. “Don’t panic,” said the ortho doc.

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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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51 Responses to Article in Retirement and Good Living on how writing saved me

  1. tazzielove says:

    Inspirational article.

  2. Clanmother says:

    Dear Paulette – thank you for sharing your experiences with Lynn Disease.

    Your journey has not been for the faint of heart. Your courage, determination, insight is a profound testament to overcoming complex, difficult and arduous circumstances. I especially appreciated your final words which reminded me that while we seek certainty, our best lives are lived within ambiguity. “What I am living now is not what I imagined when I had my darkest days. There is that light, however dim, that awaits us all. For some it may be the end of the line. For others a new beginning. In not knowing what tomorrow will bring, I rest comfortably.”

    This article was deeply meaningful to me. Much love and many thanks.

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  4. natuurfreak2 says:

    I’m so happy for you

  5. What journey you have had and what a triumph over that dreaded disease. I am sure you put in some really hard work- those days and years required persistence and dedication to obtaining better health. It is amazing how your illness became a bonus- not just for you but many people who have read and enjoyed your books. And, of course the animal community that has benefitted from all the dogs that have been saved by you and your husband. The article that you wrote surely will serve as a inspiration to others who might be struggling with an illness.

  6. My dear Paulette, you’ve been through and overcome so much. I’m happy for your good health now and long may it continue. The work that you and your husband do for animal welfare is really commendable and must be so rewarding. Your story is nothing short of inspirational. 😘

  7. I am sending you a message! And thank you for this article. They were wise to choose you.

  8. lilianahonyi says:

    This is a good one and I absolutely love your piece

  9. Congratulations on a wonderful article. You constantly impress and inspire me with all that you do. Well done, Paulette!

  10. markbierman says:

    Wonderful article! I’m glad you are doing better!

  11. Concatulations, dear Paulette. We loved your article. You’re avery special lady with a heart of gold. Off to the article to give a comment now. Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞

  12. lorriebowden says:

    I 100% understand!!
    Sending all good things to you Paulette! May this year be wonderful for you ❤

    • Hi Lorrie. So nice to see you pop in over the cyber horizon. Thank you for your kind words. May 2020 be wonderful for you and yours as well. ❤

      • lorriebowden says:

        Hi Paulette…I looked on your website for a contact but did not find one…so I will write it here.
        I am so sorry. You have been such a wonderful source of support to me and I, just today, found your writings on your blog! I do not know if the error was mine…or if it was “computers” but I feel embarrassed that I have never visited you there before.
        Please know that it was not by intent.

        I thank you…I send you so many blessings…and I will be over more often!

        P.S. You have to know how much your post meant to me…it felt so familiar!!

      • Oh my, what a sweet thing to say, but honestly Lorrie, no apology is needed. You be happy, enjoy, and if you happen over here great. If you don’t happen over here, great. It’s all okay. Your words meant a lot to me and I thank you so much. As with all my friends, I try to let them know as gently as I can, don’t “should” on yourself and please by all means don’t ever feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to, not with regards to me. We’ve connected in this wild universe of disconnects. That’s what’s important. Sending you lots of cyber hugs and love. ❤ P.S. I hope my words helped ease any embarrassment.

  13. Littlesundog says:

    I love real life stories like this! I always wonder about people and what they’ve lived. Experiences of all sorts can be seen as negative, at the first, but usually there is a hidden gift. You shine when you write, Paulette. What you’ve done for people, both as a nurse practitioner, and a writer, have gifted all of us in some way. And goodness knows how your writing has saved thousands of rescue dogs. Your gift of love and caring to so many creates beauty in a sometimes chaotic world.

    • Thank you for this heartfelt, lovely communication. It rests well in my heart and I deeply thank you for that. When I visit your site, see your photos, read your words, I feel the posting of a compassionate woman, a light onto this world, even — as you say– in the moments of what appears negative at first. Your honesty and caring for others and our natural world is commendable. I’m grateful for our connection. ❤

  14. dgkaye says:

    I left comment over there Paulette. Amazing! ❤

  15. A truly inspiring account of adversity and resilience, Paulette. I am so grateful to hear that writing was a transformative healing power for you. Your work is a gift for those who read your books and for all of the dogs you help find loving homes as well. 💜

  16. An amazing testimony and share and an eye-opener. Thank you!👍🙏

  17. What a dreadful amount of suffering from a bite from some tiny bug. Makes one afraid to even do yard work. Admire your courage and determination.

    • Thank you, Carl. I’ve come to learn that there’s no getting around the pitfalls in life. As you say yard work holds dangers but that’s true of so much. Thankfully there is a balance and luck falls upon us with blessings. I rest comfortably in the fact that as long as I live there will be more blessings and good days. Thankfully I have regained much of my health to live a good relatively productive life. I wish that for others. I really appreciate your stopping by and all your great posts that make me think and smile. ❤️🐾

  18. Writing is a life saver for sure. It’s helped me.

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