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Four Years: Learning, Growing, Sharing, Caring

A year ago today, I wrote Three Wonderful Years! to try to begin to convey how truly amazing the blogging journey has been for me.


At that time, I was having difficulty finding as much time to be online and to be writing as I had become accustomed to and I wrote that post as a brief summary. Little did I know then that I’d feel even more pressed for time now than I did then. I have no shortage of ideas to write about but due to a whole host of factors happening offline, I really can’t do justice to a decent summary now. Therefore, I will just take a moment to acknowledge that today is the four year anniversary of when I began writing a blog. It has been a rewarding experience in many ways. The mutual support for patients with a variety of chronic illnesses, the exchange of information, and the crucial feelings of validation patients give one another are so important, so needed, and so appreciated by so many people.

As much as I wish I could write more now, I have the comfort of knowing that the people who read my blog understand. I don’t have to explain how sick and busy I am because it’s understood by those who are reading it. So, I’d just like to close by thanking all of you. The chronic illness community is a wonderful place filled with people who care deeply about others and who generously share their time and knowledge with others. I am honored to be part of this very special community.


Last but certainly not least, the topic of suicide prevention has become an important one here on Chronic Healing and I would be remiss to leave out a mention of this. Every single day, this blog receives traffic from people who have searched online for information about suicide prevention and related topics. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please make use of the abundance of trained suicide first aid personnel who are available at hotlines around the world. Please click here for more information on how to find such resources in your area. Help is available. The more I write about this topic, the more people find my blog when they search online for info. The more people find my blog while searching on this, the clearer it becomes to me that this is an epidemic. Please encourage anyone you know of who might be helped by such resources to make use of them. The trained staff at these hotlines are there to help.

Thank you, everyone, for making the last four years so special. I can’t begin to express my gratitude for having had the opportunity to get to know so many amazing, thoughtful people who care so very much about their fellow patients!


Here is to the beginning of year five in the blogging world!


This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright © Jeanne — chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.


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6 comments

1 EndochickNo Gravatar { 06.03.12 at 7:07 pm }

Happy Bloggiversary, Jeanne!! Sorry I’m late in posting this comment :( It’s been a pleasure knowing you and working to spread awareness for women’s health and chronic illness with you.
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2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.05.12 at 11:15 pm }

Endochick:

Thank you!! No apology necessary!

It really has been a pleasure working with you too… for awareness of these important topics!

Jeanne

3 AnnieNo Gravatar { 06.08.12 at 4:53 pm }

Hi Jeannie -

Just dropping by to wish you a happy belated bloggoversary! Also, since I have a bit of online shopping to do I am making use of your Amazon link!
Annie´s last [type] ..The End

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.09.12 at 12:54 am }

Annie:

Thank you! It’s so nice to hear from you. Thank you very much for doing your Amazon shopping via the links on my blog. I really appreciate it! I hope you are doing well in your, shall we say, “blog retirement”. ;)

Jeanne

5 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 06.10.12 at 6:45 pm }

You’ll always be ahead of me, Dear Jeanne — in many ways. My 4th blogging anniversary is not for a little over 3 months.

Still SO GLAD I crashed your old blog that time.

And glad you make the important mention of suicide prevention. I can understand the feeling of helplessness, when I was getting all those headaches I was worn down mentally too.

Be well, my dear friend!

xoxoxo
Jannie Funster´s last [type] ..some impressions of impressionism one day

6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.12 at 1:27 am }

Jannie:

Please be sure to remind me when your blogging anniversary approaches. With my barely being online at all lately, I wouldn’t want to miss it (and easily could).

I’m SO GLAD too!!

It is frightening that chronic pain can have such serious ramifications for some people. Chronic pain certainly can impact mental health. I’m very glad that you got through that challenging time!

Yes, you be well too!

xoxoxo

Jeanne

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