Helping women with chronic illnesses

Blog Giveaway 2

It’s time for our second Blog Giveaway!


Blog Giveaway 2 is a book generously donated by Kelly Damron of Twin Peas Blog and Podcast . Kelly has donated not one one, not two, but three books for this blog’s giveaway!!

Kelly is also the author of Tiny Toes: A Couple’s Journey Through Infertility, Prematurity, and Depression.

There will be two more books donated by Kelly coming up as future Blog Giveaways.


Kelly Damron

Entering to win this contest is very similar to the last contest with one (simple) extra step. In the first contest, people entered to win by simply placing a comment on the Blog Giveaway 1 post. For this contest, please comment on this post as well; the extra step I am asking for is to take a moment to list one thing you like about this blog. That’s it. Once you have commented on this post listing one thing you like about the blog, you’re entered. As with the last contest, you may increase you odds of winning by posting multiple comments if you wish.

I will be picking a winner at 9:30 pm EST on June 15th and the winner should be posted by the following morning. So be sure to check back June 16th to see if you won the prize. I will be picking a number at random based on how many comments are made by 9:30 pm EST on June 15th.

THANK YOU to Kelly for the generous book donations!!!

Good luck!

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Reading: Blog Giveaway 2


1 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 06.10.09 at 3:43 pm }

Well, I feel a little guilty about entering
’cause you guys are so sweet and generous and all, and I wish someone else could win ’cause I did win a Pro-Blogger book via Jeanne when whe had her old blog.

But , what the heck – let the give-away chips fall where they may!

What I like about this blog?? It gives support. Jeanne cares an draws people in so they don’t feel so alone. And that can never ever be underestimated in healing – a community of people who care.

Also, if I may add a second thing…?

I really like the design of the button that links to the Endometriosie Awareness Petition. Just lovely! The blues in it are heavenly.

Jannie Funster’s last blog post..Gravatar update

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.10.09 at 5:33 pm }


Feel no guilt. Enter away. That ProBlogger book that I won (and re-gifted to you because I already had it) has no bearing here, my dear.

Yes, let the chips fall where they may, as they say. (Or giveaway chips, as you put it). 🙂

Support & community of people who care… good answer. I like that!

As far as admiring your own pretty blue petition button that you allowed me to use, you have every right to value its beauty. I obviously admire it or I wouldn’t have asked you if I could place a matching one on my blog. Yes, it’s a lovely blue. When I was setting up my new blog, I couldn’t help but wonder how it might look on Chronic Healing. Now we know!


3 EndochickNo Gravatar { 06.10.09 at 9:11 pm }

What I like about the blog?? I can only list one??? That you are always there to offer support, not just for endo but for all these other conditions. Great trooper you are, Jeanne!

Endochick’s last blog post..Miserable

4 AllisonNo Gravatar { 06.10.09 at 9:45 pm }


Thanks for the spot the other day. I like this blog the best because I am on it. LMAO-j/k!!!! I think this is/will be a great resource to people out there searching for connection in this crazy chronic illness world 🙂 Thanks again for putting it together!!

Allison’s last blog post..Update with RE

5 Shauna HarrelsonNo Gravatar { 06.10.09 at 10:27 pm }

Well Jeanne, guess I’ll enter, I’ve never entered for any giveaways so I’m up for some fresh reading!!

Your blog looks great, and I hope that you are doing and feeling better with more energy!!

Gentle Hugs!! <3

P.S. Trying to learn Twitter..looks like you’ve got that down girl!! 😀

Shauna Harrelson’s last blog post..The Six Words I Never Wanted To Speak

6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.10.09 at 11:30 pm }


Awww. You’re so sweet. Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

You, my dear, help loads of people every day with your blog! (You too write about more than just endo).

Now, going back to your question about whether you can only list one… the answer is no. You can answer as many things you like as you want. So knock yourself out! One “like” item was just the bare minimum to enter. Feel free to extol the virtues of this blog to your heart’s content!!


7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.10.09 at 11:34 pm }


Thanks for stopping by. You’ve been on my mind! I’m glad your birthday turned out decently after all, despite all of the adversity leading up to it.

I’m glad you like the Posse Profile I posted on you. 🙂

I’m also glad you like this blog as a resource for chronic conditions. I believe the better we all band together and share experiences and resources… the better off we’ll be!

Thank you!!


8 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 12:04 am }

Hi Shauna!

Glad to see you’ve entered the giveaway contest. Yes, fresh reading is always a good thing. 🙂

Thank you. As George Washington would say, “I cannot tell a lie”. So, no, I am not feeling better at all. Plus my energy has been terrible. I slept several hours today during the day when I could no longer keep my eyes open (and had started to feel dangerously close to fainting). Then I couldn’t wake up. It has been one of those banner days. My fibro is giving me a run for my money this spring. I’ll tell you that!!

Anyway, I hope your pain is behaving itself. You tell it “Jeanne said to go away”. (If only that would do the trick, huh?) Seriously, I hope you’re feeling OK.

Gentle hugs back at you!! <3


P.S. Oh, if you need twitter help, just holler. Yes, I’ve picked up a thing or two on twitter. 🙂 You can find me on twitter by clicking the twitter symbol from my homepage. Easy as pie to find me that way. Send me a tweet so I’ll know your twitter address. Yeah, I just won 3rd place in the world in a tweet contest for awareness of M.E./C.F.S. How cool is that?

9 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 8:17 am }

What I like about the particular set-up of this blog is the widget hearts for contacting Jeanne. How appropriate that they would in a heart design, as Jeanne certainly pours her heart and soul into making this blog what it is. She freely donates her heart towards bringing awareness to others about the various illnesses that exist in this world. Jeanne’s heart is certainly in the right place; on her blog.

Melissa Ralston’s last blog post..Coping with Physical Pain

10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 8:38 am }


Awwww. Thanks. you’re sweet. You ought to know all about pouring your heart into creating awareness about chronic illnesses. You have firsthand experience in that department.


11 JeannetteNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 9:27 am }

Lovin your new site Jeanne–I sure could use a book called “Authentic Happiness” I strive for that everyday!
Keep up the great work with the site and DON’T FORGET TO REST…

Jeannette’s last blog post..I HAVE HOPE AGAIN!!!

12 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 9:32 am }


I’m glad you like the new blog. Yeah, a happiness book could be a handy thing to have, couldn’t it? I hear you! Thank you. Yes, you are very right about the importance of rest!! 🙂


13 AmandaNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 11:14 am }

I finally made it – Jeanne the new blog is FAB!! Well done you – so much hard work and it really paid off! Sorry I haven’t been by sooner – I was staying at my aunt’s last week and she has no internet (plus I got stuck in Harry Potter book number 7 – can you believe I never read it when it came out?!), then we had our niece stay the weekend and she is having such a hard time the poor darling so we watched lots of Harry Potter and played lots of games and there was no time for internet and then this week has been full of issues at work so I only just got round to popping by!

A giveaway eh? I wouldn’t expect you to post a book to the UK but I will tell you what I love about this new blog, the thing I love the most (beside loving all of it of course) is your Healing Posse posts – how beautiful and amazing. I am constantly in awe of how much you give to others and support others and I know how important mutual support is and really suck at it at the moment so your posts truly inspire and warm the heart – I love them :o)

Take care of you and I’ll catch up over the next few days x

I must sort out my avatar also

Amanda’s last blog post..Sometimes I wonder…

14 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 12:54 pm }


Yay! I’m glad you made it. Thank you!! It was quite a project but it all paid off and Cassie (who designed my blog) does awesome work. 🙂

Please don’t apologize. It’s a little difficult to visit blogs without Internet access, isn’t it??

I love Harry Potter! I didn’t read it when it came out either. A friend urged me to read it and after my last surgery (January 2008) I was laid up for awhile. I read ALL of the Harry Potter books straight through. I am talking NON-STOP Harry Potter because all of the books were out by then. Holy cow… it was awesome! I can’t imagine what it was like for the poor people who read them one at a time and waited for the next book to be released. I don’t know how they stood the suspense. The Harry Potter books helped me through a very difficult time. (This was the surgery that didn’t go as planned… that I still live with the consequences of). Anyway, sorry you are having issues at work.

Hmm. It didn’t occur to me when I arranged the giveaway with Kelly to ask about international shipping. (The book ships out directly from her). The giveaway we just wrapped up was the first I’ve ever done. So, I’m still in the learning curve. Gosh, let me think about that one…

Oh yay! I’m so glad you like the Healing Posse posts! That’s awesome. I thought it would be nice to post a profile for each person. Since I spend so much time interacting with each of them, I thought it would be nice to do that.

You help many people! By opening up on your blog that had been about non-endo issues and sharing your endo story with others, you have reached a new audience and/or come to realize that some of the readers you already have also have endo. For those who followed your blog before you started writing about endo, you’re educating them about the condition. For those readers of yours who have endo, they have one more reason to look forward to reading your blog. Your candid, detail-oriented posts about endo give people a peek into the life of an endo patient and I think that’s a great thing!

Being away from home and dealing with problems at work on top of all your endo problems does NOT mean you suck at mutual support. It just means you’re busy. So don’t beat yourself up because you do great things! You’re so sweet. I love your posts too. Your honesty and willingness to share your emotions is really wonderful.

You take care of you too. That sounds great! xo


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15 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 2:38 pm }

This blog inspires me to be a better blogger. Jeanne’s time and energy that she puts into making her blog what it is shows through the thoroughness of her blog posts and her thoughtful responses to each of the commentators.

Melissa Ralston’s last blog post..Coping with Physical Pain

16 YayaNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 6:50 pm }

Ooooh! Enter me please! What do I like about your blog??? Gosh, what DON’T I LOVE about your blog!!! I love it all. You keep it real. You make sure to put in reminders now and then to make sure we are ‘resting’ (something I need to be reminded to do!). You give tons and tons of endo and related advice and information. You give helpful tips for how to relax. You remind us that ‘outsiders’ might now ‘get it’ and we have to just move on from that. You are an amazing person and I’m so glad you have started blogging (a year ago) so that the world is able to be a part of this, and you are not limited to just our town we live in. You have helped so many people, it’s amazing and inspiring. You have always inspired me to advocate for others. Don’t ever stop! But do get some rest!

Yaya’s last blog post..RTT-Dear Letters

17 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.11.09 at 11:08 pm }


Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful comments. If you’re trying to make me cry, it’s working. You inspire me every day. So you ought to know something about inspiring others! I really appreciate your support and friendship more than you’ll ever, ever know. It’s hard to remember life “pre-Melissa”. What would we do without our daily Skype calls??? 🙂

(See “Healing Posse” for link to Melissa’s awesome blog).


Consider yourself officially entered. 🙂

You are so cute with your comments. Go ahead. Lay it on thick. The check’s in the mail. 🙂

I’m glad you enjoy it. You ought to know about blogs that have get lots to love since yours is simply amazing and has the cult following to prove it!

Thank you for all your kind comments! I try to keep it real because I think that’s what people really need. Human contact with others who “get it”. It’s so important!

Yes, I try to post reminders like today’s “Rest” post to remind everyone (including myself for sure!) of the importance of rest.

I know it can be hard to rest… even when the body screams for rest.

Thanks for pointing out that there’s plenty of endo info for people to find on this big new blog. Fortunately, I believe the navigation on this new blog makes it a whole lot easier to find info on a specific subject by searching the search box (right sidebar) or using categories.

Yeah, I’m overdue to incorporate some more relaxation type posts in. Thanks for reminding me.

While ‘outsiders’ might not ‘get it’ the way we patients do, some do try valiantly to empathize and we have to remember it’s hard on them too. Yes, we sometimes have to move on when people we have relationships with simply don’t “get it” at all. That’s true.

You ought to know about amazing people since you are outstanding in too many ways to possibly count!

I’m glad I started blogging last June too. It has been extra-fun going through the blogging journey with you at the exact same time.

I do think that transitioning from local endometriosis support group activities to blogging worldwide was the right move and I’m glad I made it!

[Readers here who don’t know… Alicia and I met through our local endo support group and we are “irl” (in real life) friends too.]

As far as helping so many people, you have the market on amazing and inspiring. How many other bloggers are getting 183 comments per blog post like you did the other day??? You have something phenomenonal going on your blog, Yaya Stuff! (See “Healing Posse” for link to Alicia’s awesome blog).

I think inspiring people to advocate for themselves and others is huge! I don’t think I can take credit for you advocating for others but you sure you an awesome job at it. I am proud of you!

I will get some rest. I promise. Right now I am all hyper because my stupid phone company had messed with the configuration settings on the router and everyone in the world could see my blog but me (!) until a few minutes ago when Hubby played around with the router.

So I’m just trying to catch up on comments moderation. They got a little backed up when I couldn’t log in!!

Thank you both for your thoughtful, sweet comments. I am lucky to have such wonderful friends who make my eyes tear up.


18 Jenni Saake, author, Hannah's HopeNo Gravatar { 06.12.09 at 12:01 pm }

I’m always excited to find other authors who touch on both issues of chronic illness and infertility. (Obviously endometriosis is both!) I don’t know Kelly’s work and would be interested to read her writing. 🙂

Jenni Saake, author, Hannah’s Hope’s last blog post..Ever Still Feel Infertile?

19 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.12.09 at 2:24 pm }


Kelly writes about the journey she and her husband went through with infertility. Kelly is warm, caring, thoughtful, generous, and kind. Click below to find Kelly:

Blog: Twin Peas Blog and Podcast
Twitter: @tinytoes

Thank for stopping by, Jenni. 🙂


20 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 06.15.09 at 7:27 am }

I like the graphics of Jeanne’s new blog. The little water ripple at the top reminds me of the Dr. Seuss story “Because a Little Bug went Achoo…”. In this story, the plain little action of sneezing sets in motion a cascade of events that touches on a lot of different other areas. I think that Jeanne’s blog represents this idea quite well.

Melissa Ralston’s last blog post..Coping with Physical Pain

21 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.15.09 at 9:26 am }


I’m glad you like the graphics. I asked Cassie to help me find bright blue, rippling water because I wanted something soothing… and that is soothing to me. There is just something about that indigo blue color that just makes me feel better. I have several cobalt blue glass items, such as a vase, and when the sun shines through it, the color is just so pretty. I find that color very calming.

As far as a ripple effect, I’m constantly amazed at how one small action can ripple over into bigger things or a series of small actions by many people. I believe that by chronically ill patients working together as a team on the causes that matter to them, we can create more awareness and we can eventually get more research dollars spent on the causes that are so important and, sadly, so historically underfunded. I think we all have the ability to set a positive cascade of events into play.

By the way, I love Dr. Seuss and his books are about so much more than rhyming! His social commentary “hidden” within the rhymes of his storybooks is easy to miss if one is not paying attention…. but it’s there!


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