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