Keeping It to Myself

Each month, I take an oil painting class. I find this time to be both very challenging, as well as very relaxing.

At the end of each class, we schedule when we will next meet to paint. Usually, we have class on the first Monday of the month.

In scheduling next month’s meeting, I remembered that I’ll be having surgery on the first Monday of next month. This will be to remove an endometrial polyp.

For whatever reason, I simply chose to keep it to myself that I’ll be having surgery on the same day next month. The other students are aware that I have serious health problems.

For example, I have openly disclosed that I have relapsing-remitting. I’ve also discussed my recurrent subglottic stenosis with them.

Perhaps I felt self-conscious about disclosing yet another health issue. Maybe I didn’t want to inconvenience the others because of my medical problems.

Driving home from this class, I regretted not mentioning that I’m unable to meet for class next month. I’m sure that the other students would not have minded moving our class to the second Monday of next month.

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