The name’s Mattie, or MJ if you prefer. Mattie Jane Hamilton. I will also accept Insane-Writer-Chicky, Blondie, Weirdo, Queen Mattie, or Supreme Overlord of all that is Evil and/or Strange. Oh, or Cerulean-Moon if you are a NaNoWriMo’er. I am seventeen years old, and in all reality, I’m actually pretty average. I don’t really have any real skills other than fiction writing, and if I were to write a memoir right now, it would tie with Thoreau’s Walden for the most boring book ever. (Side-note: For those of you who hate me now because of my problems with Walden, I have my reasons. His ideals, while good in essence, are somewhat foolish, and his means of conveying them comes off as arrogance. I don’t like arrogant people…) Granted, I’m only a senior in high school (or, will be when the summer is over), so I guess I have plenty of time to make my life interesting and less than average, but knowing me, that probably won’t happen any time soon. My aversion to taking risks tends to hinder my ability to have any real fun. (Also keeps me out of trouble, you ne-sayers!)

But I am proud to say that not everything about me is average. People consider me a walking oxymoron. I am a pessimistic optimist. A dog-loving cat person. A conservative liberal. I suppose you get the point.

My cat and best friend in the world, Salem

In November of 2010, I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. It interfered with my school work (still does), my writing, my social life. It threatened to destroy any hope I had of happiness, and yet for whatever reason, the illness slid off my shoulders. Most of the time my family was more worried than I was. My poor mother was strung-out a good 80% of the time. The other 20% she spent yelling at the doctors to “do things right” and “speed it up!” I lost friends because of my sickness, and I suppose that was unfortunate.

But in reality, because of my illness, I gained so much more than I lost. I found out that my family loves me far more than I could fathom. And a few friends stepped up above the rest and grew closer to me than I ever would have guessed.

In late June, I was placed on the transplant list to get a new kidney. July 4th, exactly eleven days later, I received a transplant. Eleven days. That’s amazing. I was told I would have an average of a four-month wait, but eleven days? It seemed too good to be true.

I am currently in six weeks of recovery, unable to go out in crowds, but I’ll be all set when school begins again in the fall. I’m finally happy, and I only got that way because of my renal-failure. Without that, I wouldn’t have the inspiration I do now, I wouldn’t have my wonderful boyfriend, and I wouldn’t have the closeness I have with my family.

So basically, all you really need to know about me is this: My name is Mattie Hamilton, and I am a very happy novelist. Who writes poetry on the side.

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12 responses »

  1. You are a grand writer and a very brave human being. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a graduate of Ft. Wayne Elmhurst and Indiana University at Bloomington (not in writing or english). I was there when they flimed Breaking Away there in Bloomington which makes me three times your age. I am a poet as well. Please visit my blog again.

    • Thank you ^_^ When I was younger I wanted to go to Bloomington for college, but I ended up settling on UofL instead simply because it was easier on the wallet and in terms of being closer to home. And I will definitely return to your blog 🙂

      • Hello mattie my name is Dillon im also like you young i am 18 and i am writing a book on our veterans and need help getting it noticed if you dont mind helping spread the word and visiting my blog i would greatly apreciate it….

        Sincerley
        Dillon LanCaster

  2. I’m glad I checked out your blog…your kitty is a doll–he reminds me of mine, black with the little white spot on his chest, does he have the little white tummy too? (Mine does!) Your testimony of your renal failure and your amazing attitude practically brought tears to my eyes. Such depth for someone so young…I get the feeling you are an old soul. You may want to check out this website: healthfreedom@info.org.(Something similar to that) I suggest that you read about essiac; an awesome old Indian herbal remedy used for many different illnesses and conditions…Hang in there beautiful girl! I can’t wait to read your poems…

    • Oh he is. Evil, but adorable. He has a tiny white spot on his tummy but it’s not very noticable. Its just a couple hairs. Darling Salem ^_^ I’ll definitely check that site out! Sounds interesting. And thanks so much for dropping by 🙂

  3. Nice to meet you, Mattie. Visiting via LeRoy Dean’s referral. I’m not a risk-taker, either, but life is good. It sounds like you’ve had enough “excitement” to last awhile, without looking for it.

    • Isn’t that the truth? Haha, it’s been an adventure, but a good one at that, and I wouldn’t take it back for anything in the world. Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you like what you see. ^_^

  4. Hi Mattie, how are you? 🙂 I came across your blog today, and think your story is amazing. A few years ago, I was living in Switzerland and became ill. It wasn’t serious, but I wasn’t adjusting to life there very well and just hoped it would go away, which worsened it. It took away over a year in the end, and I lost my job and relationship. I think it’s wonderful that you look upon your experience as one of gain rather than loss, and I think your determination to allow the positive to win is inspirational. I’m a PhD student in poetry and privacy – and I for one hope that you’ll keep writing. All my best. K x

    • I am very well, thank you 🙂 I am so sorry you had to go through that. I know how it can be to think you’ve lost everything because of an illness. I thought so too at the time. But in retrospect, everything looks far more beautiful. I will of course keep writing, I don’t eally think I have a choice in the matter. It has been a pleasure to meet you ❤

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