Hi there! My name is Chris Anselmo. I am a 31-year-old living in Westbrook, CT, and by day am a marketing consultant and freelance writer. Over the last ten years, I have battled a neuromuscular disease, Miyoshi Myopathy, that has taken over every aspect of my life. It is because of this disease that this site exists.
If I wrote this seven years ago, this would be the point where I would start complaining about how hard it is to deal with my condition. It took me a long time to come to grips with my situation and accept my physical limitations. Now? It is not your pity I seek. Trust me, I don’t want it. I can find you plenty of people who are deserving of sympathy and support. Instead, I ask that you listen to what I have to say, and if you can, take the lessons I’ve learned as I transition from ability to disability and apply them to your own life. For better or worse, I’ve accumulated a lot of wisdom for someone my age, mainly because I have been forced to see the world from a different perspective. It is through interactions with others that my life has meaning, and I find strength in battling this debilitating disease.
I don’t want to be just another inspirational story you read about and then forget. I can write until my wrists can no longer type, but if my words don’t inspire someone to improve their life, then my story won’t matter. In short, I want to help. If you are struggling emotionally, I want to help you overcome your sadness. If you are facing a health challenge, I want to show you that life goes on. If you fall, I want to pick you up.
The only way I can accomplish this is to lay it all out there, through my writing, for the world to see. My story may resonate with you, or it may not. My goal is to update this site regularly with observances from my day-to-day life in the “Through My Eyes” section. I experience a lot over the course of the day – good, bad, and sometimes, frustrating.
Other tabs include “The Adversity Playbook”, a series of posts where I talk about ways that I have dealt with adversity in my life, and “Daily Musings”, shorter posts on anything that inspires me to write on that particular day. I’ve also recently created a new section called “Long-Form”, which will be longer storytelling pieces that I like to write from time to time.
Lastly, on the right-hand side of the home page, you will see links to blogs I write for regularly, projects and initiatives I am a part of, and published works.
This site will chronicle my ups and downs, my trials and tribulations, my successes and failures. There are still going to be dark days ahead. I am at a precarious point in my life where I will probably lose my ability to walk in the next couple of years without some sort of intervention. I am one fall away from a serious injury. These fears loom over my head, but as Mark Twain once said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” I won’t let fear stop me.
This has been a unique, bumpy, strange journey, but it is one that I have every intention of enjoying.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Nelson Mandela