This morning I spent downtown for a 45 minute MRI, to explore cause for concern based on recent onset symptoms I’ve been having. Results TBA….
This is my life.
It was October 2011 when had emergency surgery to remove a Brain Tumour I didn’t even realize I had. It took months to learn how to walk again and switched from being right to left handed- making playing guitar of 10+ years no longer possible. During surgery I had a stroke, effecting the left side of my body- fully functional yet permanently feeling colder only on that side. Oh, and chronic pain. Omg, the years of chronic debilitating pain.
A few years later, right after I released my book, Kevin Ker of Epidemic Music Group welcomed me with open arms to join the Markham Village Music Festival to set up shop beside the The North Stage to raffle off my beloved guitar… he did not ask for a nickel- rather, was shaken at the thought of instantly being unable to play- amongst other things. The draw raised $810 dollars, which went to local charity B-Strong and important Markham Arts Council. Little did I know about a year later the guitar was donated back to me from the winner, where I raised an incredible $1800 for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada after having full head and spine radiation.
Although there have been many dark moments these past 5+ years, the truth is there have been many, many moments which I’d call the best in my life (melissalnichols.ca… cue horn, “toot toot”).
Fast forward to the present, where I am involved in this Guinness Record Attempt By Epidemic Music Group event as the Facebook coordinator. I love planning the event, building friendships with fellow positive people and making a difference, seeing as how its beneffiting 16 charities.
Attempted Guinness World Record to Break:
‘Longest Concert Bt Multiple Artists’
March 17- April 2nd: 16 Charities, 24 hours, for 16 charities
Only surrounding myself with positive people, personal growth and FUN, I am having an incredible time running this Guinness Record Attempt By Epidemic Music Group Facebook page and participating in the planning committee! The committee is a productive ball of fun. (Pssst, volunteer! Contact Shaen Ar firstname.lastname@example.org)
Enjoying moments every day, taking things day by day.
Aside from the fun, and thriving in the moment of this 16 day event- am looking forward to SUNDAY MARCH 26, as I proudly stand beside one of the 16 charities selected: Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.