Journey to Seeking Serenity and Harmony

Serenity and harmony

Seeking Serenity and Harmony's Story

Maine, USA

Age: 46 or better

A little bit about my journey:

My Diagnosis

Arthritis, Anxiety, Asthma, Celiac Disease, Depression,Microscopic Colitis Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnea,Thrombocytosis,

Time to Get Diagnosed

Different diagnoses took different lengths of time. There are some auto immune and inflammatory issues that are still waiting for diagnosis. Microscopic Colitis was the most recent in January of 2019

Year I was Diagnosed

Various

Sending Love to

Hospital I'd Recommend

This is my story:

I am finally venturing into that dream of being a writer and putting her words out there for the world in hopes to help someone else. I blog at seekingserenityandharmony.com/blog. I haven’t been able to do as much writing as I want especially about real issues thanks to brain fog and chronic fatigue.

With chronic illness as you know it is difficult to function on some days between the fatigue and pain. Brain fog can make keeping up with my blog a struggle. I look at others blogs and have a really hard time not judging mine but I am not going to give up even though it gets frustrating sometimes.

My first diagnosis was made official in 1993 when I had a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized. Around 2010 I received my Celiac disease dx. That took on a whole new very frustrating lifestyle change. I am an emotional eater and me and food have alove hate relationship. In 2017 I started having female issues and was having anemia problems. My doctor didn’t listen when I said I thought it was a female issue contributing and said I must be cheating on my gluten free diet.

After several e.r. vists requiring I.v’s and almost a blood transfusion I was scheduled for a Leep procedure. A few months later it was obvious that was only a temporary fix. I had a hysterectomy that March and ended up getting iron infusions that summer. I have not had an issue with anemia since. That same year I also had to have an operation on my thumb due to arthritic/ joint issues and a complete knee replacement done in August of 2018.

In October of 2019 I had a partial knee replacement done on my other knee. Then on Halloween I ended up having an operation on my wrist due to carpal tunnel. When 2020 rolled around I vowed that it was going to be the year that I went without any surgeries. I also vowed to walk the 4H 5K in December. Well Corona may keep the 5K from happening at this rate. As for the no surgeries I did have to have a dental surgery in March right after the shut downs and have had constant issues with bone spurs and gum irritation since then.

I love to read. I have a Bachelors arts liberal studies with minor in early childrens services and minor in psychology that I finally received after I was over the hill and am using it now as a foster or what they now call a resource parent.

Currently still waiting for some diagnosis on chronic inflammation and brain lesions. Neurology and Rheumatology got put on hold thanks to the pandemic.

My advice to others especially those struggling with mental health issues: Don’t live your life based on what you think others think of you. Make sure you take care of you no matter what. We need to break the stigmas and show them that we are more than our dx. We are people with feelings and can live a full happy life in spite of our disease or disability.

Let’s play 20 questions:

The song that keeps me going is:
Wilson Phillips Hold On For One More Day
I never leave home without my:
Purse
My go-to feel better movie is: 
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
If I was in the hospital, the celebrity I would most love to visit me would be:
Julia Roberts
When I need to relax, I:
Nap or read a book
My favorite food is:
I have to pick a favorite? I love seafood, Chocolate, Strawberry shortcake.. Oh so hard to make a choice. I guess I will pick Fruit Salad.
The quote that keeps me going is:
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can~ The Little Engine that could
When I need a laugh, I:
Try to make jokes with my teens. Sometimes it backfires LOL
Meet my pets (or favorite stuffed animal):
I have a flock of chickens that are 'my' pets. Of my kids pets I'd have to say my favorite is the rabbit named Java.
My hero is:
Mother Theresa
When I’m having a down day I binge watch:
Nope. More apt to escape into a book
My favorite book to get lost in is:
Cozy Mysteries
I want to be best friends with:
Grace & Frankie
The thing I’m most proud of:
My kids and my college degree
The most wonderfully unexpected thing that has happened to me as a result of this journey is:
The support network I have found in the online chronic illness community
The most hilarious thing that has happened to me is:
It really means a lot when someone does this:
Sends thinking of you notes or cheer
My favorite social media account to follow is:
The advice I would give to myself back at the beginning of this journey would be:
Words of encouragement that I’d give to my fellow warriors are
"Hold On For One More Day"
Follow my journey: https://seekingserenityandharmony.com/blog/

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