Helping women with chronic illnesses

Have A Happy, Healthier New Year And Thanks!

As 2010 draws to a close, I would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy lives to support Chronic Healing (here, by ‘liking’ the relatively new Facebook page, by “following” Chronic Healing on Facebook’s NetworkedBlogs, etc.)

From talking with many fellow chronic illness patients throughout the year, I know that some of you have suffered losses, setbacks, and escalation of symptoms. Some of you have suffered stress associated with physical pain, the financial burdens associated with chronic illness, and/or the emotional toll that illness or life circumstances have exacted.

Others have experienced progress in dealing with symptoms, in learning about previously unknown/poorly understood treatment options (i.e alternative medicine options that typical MDs don’t exactly dole out referrals to, generally speaking), or simply have learned better ways of managing the illness(es) in question.

Some of you have a complex combination of the above (i.e. 1 step forward and 2 steps back).

Some of you are fortunate to have a remission of symptoms but want to stay in the loop about the chronic illness(es) you have because you are fully aware that the illness(es) are incurable and you want to stay informed and linked to fellow patients.

Others of you aren’t chronically ill at all. Perhaps you are supporting a chronically ill loved one or friend by learning more about his/her condition. Or perhaps you are trying to learn more about chronic conditions for other reasons altogether!

Whatever it is that brings you to Chronic Healing, please know that your support is appreciated very much!!

Whatever category (or cross-section of categories) applies to you, I hope that you find Chronic Healing a safe place to turn to when you feel the need for support, information, and connection with others from the chronic illness community.

Sometimes the validation of knowing that there are others (many others!) who share the same chronic illnesses is helpful. The validation can provide major relief for patients who need to feel like someone “gets it”.

The degree of caring and compassion in the online chronic illness community is strong, powerful, and incredibly helpful to so many!

For those of you who have discovered Chronic Healing recently through the relatively new Facebook page, please be aware that there are over 400 posts on this blog itself. It may well be that there is a post (or many) that you can relate to. So, don’t be shy taking a peek through this blog. Some of those older posts might be helpful to you now even if it’s been awhile since they were written.

I cannot thank everyone enough for the blog comments, support, feedback, link-sharing, etc. It is a joy to interact with so many caring, kind, thoughtful individuals (ill or healthy!) in the course of my journey writing Chronic Healing and interacting with people on many other sites besides my blog, such as Facebook, as well.

The amount that I have learned from fellow patients since I started blogging in 2008 is mind-boggling. The 16 years I spent attending endometriosis support group meetings every month prior to starting my blog laid a foundation for me to be able to learn how to help connect patients with each other (once it had first been so wonderfully modeled for me, of course)! I am inspired every single day by fellow patients, activists (health or not), and all sorts of people who focus their PASSION on helping others and, basically, making the world a better place to live in!

I have laughed and cried with many of you. Some of you, I am just getting to know. All of you are appreciated! When I started my blog in 2008, I was nervous and unsure of what to expect. Obviously, I was excited too. However, there was plenty of uncertainty starting out… and starting a blog was something I thought about for a few months before diving in.

Now, 2.5 years later… I have a hard time remembering what life was like before I started writing my blog. It truly has been a life-altering experience.

I wish a HAPPY and HEALTHIER New Year to you all!!

Thank you!!



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1 AmandaNo Gravatar { 12.31.10 at 7:01 am }

Happy New Year to you too…

It has been a pleasure getting to know you even better this year and sharing in your journey. Though I may not get as much chance to comment these days (thanks to exciting projects that just eat at my time) I am always thinking of you.

May 2011 bring you much joy

.-= Amanda´s last blog ..A Need to Paint =-.

2 Jenny H.No Gravatar { 12.31.10 at 12:57 pm }

A big thanks to you as well for all of your love and support. Here is to a wonderful 2011 🙂
.-= Jenny H.´s last blog ..18 weeksCheers to 2011!!! =-.

3 JennNo Gravatar { 12.31.10 at 2:45 pm }

Thank you Jeanne for all of your support this year! Your blog has been a safe place for me to turn since the moment I found it. I’m so happy I met you this year. I was just thinking today that I want to scroll through your archives; there are still many post I haven’t read. What a treat for me!

Happy New Year!
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE EVE =-.

4 JasmineNo Gravatar { 12.31.10 at 5:17 pm }

Happy New Year Jeanne and all!
.-= Jasmine´s last blog ..Making friends with my discomfort =-.

5 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.01.11 at 4:24 am }


Happy New Year! It has been such a real pleasure getting to know you even better this past year and following along with all of your many exciting developments throughout the year.

You never have to explain your frequency of comments. I know you have been extraordinarily busy. Starting a business, planning a wedding, getting married, moving, writing a novel, writing a weekly column for iVillage UK, keeping up a blog, running an online shop, job searching, and a few other little things have been keeping you a wee bit busy recently! LOL

I am always thinking of you too. May 2011 be a banner year for you!! xoxoxo


Happy New Year to you Jenny!!! Thank you for the love and support you have given me. Here is to a joyous 2011 for you!! 🙂


Thank you for the incredible support you have given me this year!! Your insights and humor abound and I am so very happy that we got connected this year!! Happy scrolling through the archives. THAT should keep you busy if you’re in the mood to read. 😉 Truly, I’m so very glad you found my blog! Every time I hear from you is a treat!! Your thoughtfulness is just amazing!

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! I cannot tell you enough how much your support, wisdom, patience, and compassion have meant to me. While we may have been connected online since 2008, I really have especially appreciated the opportunity to get to know you better in this past year. I am grateful to have you as a friend! Your kindness is very special. Thank you! 🙂



6 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 01.01.11 at 3:33 pm }

Hey, 2.5 years — whoooo-hooo. I’ll be at that milestone on Feb 22 at 11:11 am. But you’ll always be ahead of me. In so many ways.

It is MY honor to have found your blog. MY privilege. MY joy.

You help so many. Are you really a human? More like an Earth Angel I think. Blue Bunny pointed that out last night after being hit in the butt by an errant roman candle — he was quite upset and as his life flashed before his eyes he was naming all his blessings out loud, you know — karrits, donutts, Chronic Healing.


Happy New year!!

.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Merry Christmas- 2002 and 2010 =-.

7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.01.11 at 4:05 pm }


You are too funny. I don’t know how I ever wrote a blog before you found my blog. Seriously, it must have been the most boring, dry blog before your brought your joy and Funsterment!

I don’t know about that (the “ahead of you” part)! I think I’d have to beg to differ with you there. There are so many things I daresay I will never, ever catch up with you on.

Thank goodness you found my blog, Jannie. I must insist that it is MY honor, privilege, and joy.

You help so many. The power of Funsterment should never be underestimated. Plus, you share your amazing music! Laughter is the best medicine and music is therapy! I daresay you help far more people in Funsterland than I ever could. You ought to know about Earth Angels. What I mean is that it’s my understanding that you are some sort of Head Earth Angel. Right? (A little bird told me). I’m sorry to hear that Blue Bunny had an unfortunate encounter with pyrotechnics. Is he OK? I am very glad indeed to hear that Chronic Healing ranks right up there with carrots and donuts for Blue Bunny. Please thank Blue Bunny for me… and let him know I’m thinking of him after his injury.

Happy New Year, Jannie!! Thank goodness you found my blog shortly after I began blogging. I can get TOO SERIOUS. You help me remember that life is too short to be serious, serious, serious. 😉



8 AnnieNo Gravatar { 01.01.11 at 11:01 pm }

It’s been a pleasure to follow along on your blog for the last several months and I look forward to keeping up with you 2011. Also, it’s fun that someone actually gets the obscure Tori references I sometimes throw in my blog!
.-= Annie´s last blog ..A Merrier Christmas =-.

9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 01.02.11 at 3:55 am }


It has been a pleasure following your blog too! I look forward to keeping up with you in 2011 as well. I laughed at your Tori comment. If anyone can pick up on obscure Tori Amos references, it’s me. I have all of her CDs (boxed set included), I have seen her live 4 times, I met her backstage in 2007, I read/watch her always-interesting interviews, etc. So, yes, if you throw in a small fragment of a Tori lyric within a blog post, I can sniff it out. 😉


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