I share a lot on this space and while you may know quite a few things about me from my different About Me posts there is a large part of my life that I rarely post about on here or social media. I'm a deeply private person and am careful to only share certain aspects of my life with the public because of that. With that said, you may have noticed that lately I've been a little MIA on here and it is due to that part of my life. Since I have shared so much on here I think that I owe it to my readers to give a little life update and share what has been going on with me even if it is difficult for me.
In July of 2014 I shared a long post on here explaining my life situation. In that post I explained that have some serious health issues that affect every part of my life. You can read my the whole post here if you're interested. The
very short version of that post is that I suffer from two medical conditions. The first condition is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD, which is also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS). RSD is "is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder. It is classified as a rare disorder by the United States Food and Drug Administration. CRPS occurs when the nervous system and the immune system malfunction as they respond to tissue damage from trauma. The nerves misfire, sending constant pain signals to the brain. The level of pain is measured as one of the most severe on the McGill University Pain Scale" (RSDSA). The second condition is Crohn's Disease which is "a life long inflammatory bowel disease [which causes] Parts of the digestive system get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers." (WebMD).
While both conditions are difficult to deal with I have to say that the RSD is by far the most difficult. It leaves me in constant severe pain, which is exhausting. Recently my pain has been worse than ever from the RSD and I have depleted vitamin levels and inflamed Crohn's markers from the Crohn's disease. In addition to all of this I have developed chronic migraines in the last few months that give me terrible headaches, light sensitivity, nausea and more. Furthermore, I was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is "a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition also can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues." (Mayo Clinic).
Due to my declining health I have been feeling really terrible lately and have needed a little more time to rest then usual. Additionally I have been undergoing medical tests and attending numerous doctors appointments all of which are exhausting. I graduated from college this past May and my original plan was to apply to grad school to start in Spring 2017; however with everything going on right now I have decided to postpone that and will begin in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. While I desperately need this time off it gets to be difficult when people are constantly asking what I am doing after graduation; I know that people mean well and are genuinely curious, but what I'm doing and why I'm doing it can be difficult to explain.
Right now I'm just trying to rest as much as possible and work on my blog even though at times that is difficult for me too. At the moment I am trying to take everything one day at a time, listen to my body, and take care of myself, unfortunately doing all of this sometimes requires me to step away from my computer, which is why I have been a little MIA recently. I am hoping to get back to a more regular blogging schedule because I love it too much not to! The one adjustment I will make is I think for the next few weeks I will commit to doing four posts a week instead of five just to give myself some extra time to rest. I want to thank all of you for your support and patience with me, it means more then you will ever know.
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