Summer Nights

My last post was all about feeling exhausted and fearing a flare. I can happily say that about a week later and I’m feeling pretty good, but a bit delicate. As long as I pace myself and rest often I can function, or at least have some fun. I am just taking it day byContinue reading “Summer Nights”

Not a Happy Camper

*This post was written a week ago. I finally had time to post it today. I woke up a few days ago with a UTI and have been a mess ever since. The last few days I really struggled with my energy and have spent much of my time laying on the couch napping. TodayContinue reading “Not a Happy Camper”

Rebirth after a Flare

I’m happy to admit that I have been feeling pretty good lately. I finally came out of my flare about a month ago, and I’m so happy. It always feels like a rebirth. Like I woke up out of a months-long coma. This seems to be a pattern each year in the spring. I comeContinue reading “Rebirth after a Flare”

My Not-So-Happy Birthday

Tomorrow is my 40th birthday. I have mixed feelings about this. In the last 10 years or so, my birthday brings me sadness. There wasn’t any particular event that permanently ruined my special day. I try to be happy about the celebration of another year of life, but there is always a darkness, a heavinessContinue reading “My Not-So-Happy Birthday”

Life with Chronic Pain

Let’s talk about pain. Having a chronic illness comes with a lot of pain. For me, pain comes from a lot of sources including achy joints, muscles, bones, and even gastrointestinal problems. I also have the added complication of a spine that is totally F**ed. This means that pain is a constant companion for me.Continue reading “Life with Chronic Pain”

The All Too Familiar Sjogren’s Flare

For me, a flare comes in many shapes and sizes. It is constantly evolving and always keeps me on my toes. I wake up each morning wondering what symptoms today will bring. My symptoms in general vary greatly. An autoimmune disease such as Sjogren’s Syndrome comes with many varying symptoms. Some come and go. SomeContinue reading “The All Too Familiar Sjogren’s Flare”

Foggy…

I’m very scattered today. Having trouble concentrating. I have a million tasks running through my head… things on my To-do list, but I can’t seem to get my act together to make it happen. I’ve walked in various rooms with intentions of doing something, then aborted mission and went back to my safe place onContinue reading “Foggy…”

My Not-So-Invisible Illness

I’ve always referred to my chronic health problems as my “invisible illness”. In a lot of ways it is invisible. In general, I appear to be a normal, healthy 39 year old mother of 4. This is especially true for the rare times that I feel good. However, over the last few years as myContinue reading “My Not-So-Invisible Illness”

My Illness: the diagnosis

I have an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s (Show-grins) Syndrome.  I kind of describe it like a mix between Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, and MS.  I was officially diagnosed at 32 years old in 2013 but I’m sure I’ve had it since I was in my early 20’s.  I experienced many of my symptoms when I wasContinue reading “My Illness: the diagnosis”