291 days since the shooting. I lost a bunch of my photos today because of an sd card error. At least I blogged these ones first. But the high quality ones are gone. It’s good because I feel like something like this would have made me feel awful years ago. But the shooting matured me to realize nothing competes with my memories. Though having documentation would be nice.

291 days since the shooting. I lost a bunch of my photos today because of an sd card error. At least I blogged these ones first. But the high quality ones are gone. It’s good because I feel like something like this would have made me feel awful years ago. But the shooting matured me to realize nothing competes with my memories. Though having documentation would be nice.

290 days since the shooting. I’m spending a lot of time with new friends and old ones. I work as hard as I used to, but now I realise I need to counter that time with the gift of friendship. I love life. Getting shot made me aware of how much I love living, breathing and experiencing.  Some days are harder than others. But I hope they add up to a fine sum in the end.

290 days since the shooting. I’m spending a lot of time with new friends and old ones. I work as hard as I used to, but now I realise I need to counter that time with the gift of friendship. I love life. Getting shot made me aware of how much I love living, breathing and experiencing. Some days are harder than others. But I hope they add up to a fine sum in the end.

289 days since the shooting. I have a friend staying from out of town and she didn’t even know what happened to me until late in the day when I told her over dessert! I must look pretty normal on the outside. But truthfully I’m having a little pain in the abdomen. If it gets worse I’ll go back to physical therapy.

289 days since the shooting. I have a friend staying from out of town and she didn’t even know what happened to me until late in the day when I told her over dessert! I must look pretty normal on the outside. But truthfully I’m having a little pain in the abdomen. If it gets worse I’ll go back to physical therapy.

288 days since the shooting. Someone took out a knife at me at a deli in Brooklyn the other day. Am I a magnet for trouble? All I know is I ran out of there unharmed. I don’t know what happened after I left but am glad no one got harmed. At least it was a short range weapon.

288 days since the shooting. Someone took out a knife at me at a deli in Brooklyn the other day. Am I a magnet for trouble? All I know is I ran out of there unharmed. I don’t know what happened after I left but am glad no one got harmed. At least it was a short range weapon.

286 days since the shooting. I had a very productive and healthy day today. I met up with some very creative people for dinner. It was great. But I have something I’m supposed to do tomorrow that is making me a little nervous. Not anxious. Just nerves. Which is a good thing because it means I care about what I do tomorrow.

286 days since the shooting. I had a very productive and healthy day today. I met up with some very creative people for dinner. It was great. But I have something I’m supposed to do tomorrow that is making me a little nervous. Not anxious. Just nerves. Which is a good thing because it means I care about what I do tomorrow.

A selection of today’s tweets

The infamous tweet that started it all

And I was immediately called a liar and a fraud. The responses really hurt. But it was important to speak to whoever tweeted back those libelous words at me. Because they need to know I’m real. I put my name, address and phone number to every one of my statements. They have every right to be anonymous. But that doesn’t give them the right to start name calling. Let’s work together instead to prevent gun violence. Not fight each other as soon as we see a tweet with a hashtag or an @.

285 days since the shooting. I woke up feeling conflicted over something I did the night before. But ultimately I know I made the right decision. Although it was a painful one. The rest of the day went fine, until at some point I tweeted my support of Michael Bloomberg’s new organization and was suddenly labeled a liar. After some back and forth I felt better because I think people often forget that on the other side of that screen is a living creature, emotional and sensitive to pain. I don’t think a lot of the people who tweeted back horrendous things at me are terrible. But it’s sad that this is what discussing gun violence has come down to. Name calling.

285 days since the shooting. I woke up feeling conflicted over something I did the night before. But ultimately I know I made the right decision. Although it was a painful one. The rest of the day went fine, until at some point I tweeted my support of Michael Bloomberg’s new organization and was suddenly labeled a liar. After some back and forth I felt better because I think people often forget that on the other side of that screen is a living creature, emotional and sensitive to pain. I don’t think a lot of the people who tweeted back horrendous things at me are terrible. But it’s sad that this is what discussing gun violence has come down to. Name calling.

284 days since the shooting. Some days are filled with emotional triggers. A loud noise. A chemical smell. A rough patch. Something someone said. I have been reliving the feelings I felt right after my shooting. But I can handle it better now. The trick is to focus on what’s helpful. Not on the triggers. Doesn’t work all the time. But it keeps me going.

284 days since the shooting. Some days are filled with emotional triggers. A loud noise. A chemical smell. A rough patch. Something someone said. I have been reliving the feelings I felt right after my shooting. But I can handle it better now. The trick is to focus on what’s helpful. Not on the triggers. Doesn’t work all the time. But it keeps me going.