Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MEMO TO MEN: My Disability Top 10

TO: Men all over the planet
FROM: Melissa
RE: Disability 101
DATE: June 18, 2013
So, boys, you know how David Letterman has a Top Ten list every night? Well, a few years ago, I came up with one of my own. It was dozy of a list, a veritable smorgasbord of my medical life -- all neatly explained in just ten points. What could be better than that? I thought it would be fun to share them with you because, as you know, knowledge is most definitely power -- and power is sexy... Oh wait, where was I? Oh, yes, that handy little list...

1. It's not contagious; and it won't give you Cooties, either.

2. It's given me a punchy sense of humor.

3. I was once hospitalized for 31 days for an infection I contracted after surgery for a spinal fusion (hence, my constant perfect posture).

4. I was oh-so-very hot during said stay - literally. My temperature rose to 106. I was probably a bit delirious, too - not that I remember too much, though.

5. I find hospitals oddly comforting; in fact, some of my happiest family memories from my childhood, especially with my father, took place there.

6. I'm a girl who loves to eat. I dehydrated easily as a girl, so I was frequently hospitalized for IV fluids. The routine was always the same: They hooked me up to that IV, let me rest and recover for a couple days and then once I was feeling better, I'd order a cheeseburger and the doctors knew it was time to give me my discharge papers. They called it "The Melissa Blake Diet." I refused to eat that giggly Jell-O. Even in the hospital, I set the rules.

7. To date, I've had 27 surgeries, but haven't had one since I was 15.

8. In high school, my disability sometimes made me feel like a class freak; though I think I hid it pretty well. I tried to project an air of self-esteem at least.

9. I'm just less than 4 feet. How tall were the Seven Dwarfs? I could probably qualify as the eighth.

10. My motto: "Why walk when you can roll?"
What do you think, boys? I hope this shows that even though it may seem like it's pretty easy to get to know me -- which it is to some degree -- there is still so much below the surface. What would you love for me to know about you...? xoxo

[Bottom photo via Le Love]


  1. I am a big fan of your blog and this list is just hysterical!!!

    I love your writing and your sense of humor!

  2. Ps. And my fingers are crossed that you will meet a guy as amazing as you are- very soon!

  3. Hi Marisa -- thanks SO much!! You've just put a huge smile on my face!!! xoxo

  4. Love that you did a Top 10 list, Melissa, so cute!!! Love that you are so open about things and that it ha allowed you to have a great sense of humor, that is key, and such a great quality! :) Always nice to learn more about you and thank you so much for sharing, I think you help more people than you know! Love you motto, too, perfect! <3

  5. Way to go, Melissa! Totally way to go! If only everyone can possess this kind of self-assurance. I know there are really some who think of people with disabilities as inferior (sorry for the word). But it would greatly help if they'd match such treatment with a positive resolve. Do not ever change. :* Erminia@Parmele Law Firm


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