Stubborn Temerity

By Ami (Gypsie) Offenbacher-Ferris

In response to Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Temerity and the limit, 69 words.

Illness after illness has besieged me from a fairly young age. I was diagnosed, in the dark ages, with severe growing pains. With hyper-intuitive nerve ball endings, with shingles, with herpes, with over excitable pain receptors in my brain and later, as a teenager and budding woman, as a hypochondriac. Very dark ages!

Now it’s called Lupus. My secret for survival? Stubborn temerity!


  1. Bill says:

    Sorry to read of your life-long challenge. But stubborn is indeed a good survival technique, in my opinion. Well done.

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  2. Sunra Rainz says:

    Excellent use of the prompt, Ami. I commend your honesty and bravery. On another note, what a wonderful phrase this is: “hyper-intuitive nerve ball endings.”

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  3. Thank you Sunra! A lot more fun than “female hysteria reaction!” LOL 😊

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    1. Sunra Rainz says:

      Absolutely!! Goodness, is that what it used to be called? I bet that was Freud’s fault. Hyper-intuitive is much more appropriate! 😊

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      1. (not sure if it was Freud but for years – and really it’s still practiced abundantly – a woman’s illness is automatically equated to her mental state first. Very frustrating! Thank you again Sunra! ☺️

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  4. You’re clearly not one to be defeated!

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    1. Thank you Keith! Though this COVID has a hold of me right now. Soon as I can find it’s head, it’s off it will go too! 🐍


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