Party with me in Limbo 

“Where Did You Go?”

Day 1

I stopped apologizing for my absences a few years ago. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but not in my case. Neglect makes me resentful. Absence makes me bitter. Yet, I find it fairly easy to drown inside this heart of mine and find even the task of breathing to be an inconvenience. Where have I been? Right here. Where have I gone? Nowhere.  I call this place Limbo. I call this place grief and you are welcome to take a look inside.

Sometimes it seems fitting to start a sentence saying “often times with chronic illness” but fuck that. My tragedies and my struggles are not my identity. When I bury myself in this place of in-between it’s because I’m experiencing disconnect, and not because I am a sick girl crying for your sympathy. Do not ever associate me with her.  I was made to be her my entire childhood and my main sense of pride as an adult is that I am me not my disease.

 I experienced identify theft at the age of nine and often I find myself mourning for a life I never experienced. I grieve for a child that never got to live. Occasionally my heart aches for a life completely different than this while my brain slaps me upside the head saying “silly girl, move on”. It’s hard to run when your feet won’t move. It’s hard to fly when you do not trust your own wings. I have created this imaginary ledge to keep me in my place.

 “Don’t walk too far, don’t dream too big, don’t wear yourself out, and don’t do too much, Krystal”. My entire life in one sentence: “Don’t (fill in the blank) too long, Krystal”. You’re a fragile China doll. You will fall. You will shatter. Shatter to pieces. They can put you back together, but you will never be the same, because once your skin tears it doesn’t fit back together the way it should. Bruises go all the way to the bone. You will no longer be smooth, soft, delicate or porcelain. You’ll be harsh, ragged, and dark. You’ll just be the broken China Doll someone sells at a yard sale for 50 cents, but really you’re worth only 10. So, remember – not too much, not too long, Krystal. My limbo is a place where every hope, goal, and dream of mine comes to be erased. It’s where I go when the logical part of me takes over. It’s where I go when the sick girl wins. It’s where I have buried her.

 I am writing, again. Here it is. Raw and unedited. You ask where I have been and it is just right here in the in-between. My brain wants logic, order, organization, and for me to make a damn story board for once in my life so my writing falls into place. My heart just wants the words to come out.  I have this chronic urge that pulses in my chest 24 hours a day to write. Write something, Krystal. Anything. The feeling of needing to remove something from your body so badly you can’t even think straight until you do. I felt that way about my portacath. If that thing was not going to come out of my body I was going to rip it out myself, and had thoughts (or delusions) of actually doing it! Imagine wanting a cookie so bad you’d slice your own arm off in exchange for one, and you make the deal with the devil only to find the cookie jar is empty. I’ve made the deal. It is still empty in here. I’m writing for some kind of relief.  

 Give me something to write about. If there was ever a time to learn about me it is now. I’m starting something new. Or, I can just write nonsense like I did above. I’m a writer with a blank page and you’re a reader. What do I write? What do I say to you? The world is a blank page for me just as much as it is for you. Let’s start over. Im leaving Limbo. Not at a fast pace but nonetheless, I am walking towards the exit.

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4 thoughts on “Party with me in Limbo 

  1. Wow, Krystal. Your Grandma’s heart is with you always. I love that you now share with us your anguish and your joy. You are an awesome human being whom I love very much.

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  2. I’m not a writer Krystal but here are shadows of my story and my knowledge of what you call Limbo. I’m am well acquainted with its state and still experience it. I was diagnosed with the big C in my early twenties. After four miscarriages the doctors determined that it was Uterine Cancer. Exit husband, can’t blame him, it was scary as hell. In the 1960’s they did not have the medical knowledge or medicines to combat this. After many surgeries, I was given the news that I would not survive and had a limited time to live. The doctors told me to get my life in “order”, as they knew I had a young daughter and that her father was not in the picture. I won’t go into the long boring story of the following surgeries etc., but at another time, if your interested, and we are face to face I can continue. It is so easy to withdraw when you have a serious illness and one that not many people can relate too. I’m so familiar with your state of limbo and at this current age that state still gets me upon occasion. Know that you are a strong woman!! You can do anything!! PROOF! , I’m still here and so will you be at my age, we are the strongest creatures on earth, we women. And I’ve learned through experience that it is ok to visit limbo and leave it until the next time. Much love and giant hugs Krystal, and know that you are not alone.

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    1. Maria, thank you for sharing a small portion of your story with me. You don’t get a spirit like yours without surviving the worst things. I so so admire you and would love to one day hear your entire story face to face….we’ll need plenty of wine. Thank you for your endless support and know that you provide with me a great deal of comfort just by knowing what I’m talking about and where my words come from. Love you always ❤

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      1. The next gathering that we are both at, we’ll find a corner and a bottle, you can have wine and my drink of preference is Jamison’s Irish whiskey 😋 (Wine gives me a headache these days-old age I guess😂) I’ll share how I coped with it all – love you back

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