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.