Helping women with chronic illnesses

Sick On Top Of Sick

Being chronically ill has often been compared to riding a roller coaster ride. Things are never boring.

Being sick on top of sick is a situation many people can relate to. I decided it would be an appropriate topic to write about today, in light of how I have been feeling for about a week now.

Some days are up.

Some days are down.

Some days are downright dizzying!

Anyone who is chronically ill knows that when you get sick with some sort of bacterial or viral infection on top of the chronic illness(es) you already have, it makes a challenging situation even more so.

I have been in a flare-up of fibromyalgia for the last couple of weeks. The change in weather did its thing, as it always does, and my muscles were not happy. Then, I got some sort of bug that includes muscle pain along with a very sore throat and a wicked headache. The fatigue was so severe that I slept the better part of the day on Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday, I started feeling human again.

Anyone who knows me at all knows that getting sidelined during Endometriosis Awareness Month was very frustrating. However, my body made it very clear that writing blog posts was not an option. Those of you who are connected with me on Facebook saw me pop up occasionally there. Posting comments here and there on Facebook is about all I’ve had energy to do the last few days.

In closing, while I have not been able to accomplish everything I had hoped to accomplish by Day 18 of Endometriosis Awareness Month, that is (frankly) no big surprise. The ideas I have are always more numerous than what I can implement but that’s alright. Endometriosis awareness should occur year-round. While I recognize that March does provide some addition visibility and exposure for the topic of endometriosis, and while I try my best to take advantage of that, I fully realize that the work must occur all year long.


You have signed the endometriosis petition, right? You are aware that ANYONE who supports endometriosis awareness can sign it, right? Several bloggers have posted the petition badge on their blogs. Several other people have posted the link to the petition on their Facebook walls and this has resulted in signatures from their friends and family getting added to the list.

PLEASE… share this petition as widely as possible. We’ve already used it as a tool to force the media to correct inaccuracies about endometriosis in a syndicated newspaper column:

Endometriosis Advocacy and the Media (Re-post)

Think what else we can do with it! Click above to access the petition (and its link). Also, anyone willing to select “StumbleIt” and/or “TweetThis” at the bottom of this post and others like it will help spread the word about endometriosis awareness. If you are registered on StumbleUpon, please consider writing a review of this post or of the petition itself. I added the petition to StumbleUpon and it has gotten a fair number of views. Here is the link to the StumbleUpon version of the same petition you can access with the blue badge above:

Create Endometriosis Awareness & Understanding

Thank you.

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1 Jenny H.No Gravatar { 03.18.10 at 4:41 pm }

get well soon! I caught hubbykins cold too…stuffy, sore throat and, like you, a wicked headache…rest up the weekend is almost here.
.-= Jenny H.´s last blog ..follow-up…hope the luck o the Irish is on our side! =-.

2 JasmineNo Gravatar { 03.18.10 at 5:37 pm }

I’m right there with you. Hope we’re all better soon! xoxo
.-= Jasmine´s last blog ..Workplace Perfume Precedent =-.

3 JeanneNo Gravatar { 03.19.10 at 9:58 am }


I’m sorry to hear you are sick. 🙁 I am starting to feel human again. The fatigue was so bad and the muscle pain was BRUTAL! I hope that you are feeling better too! Yes, it’s Friday!


Oh no. You’re sick too? I’m sorry. 🙁 Yes, here’s hoping we all feel “back to normal” soon… which is sick enough, right? 😉 (You’ll have to excuse me. I try to keep a sense of humor through these things).



4 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 03.20.10 at 11:18 am }

Stumbled!! Hope I did it correctly!

Please get lots of rest, Jeanne.

5 JeanneNo Gravatar { 03.20.10 at 4:24 pm }


Excellent! Thank you! Will do. Enjoy your weekend!


6 Toni BernhardNo Gravatar { 03.30.10 at 1:26 pm }

Hi Jeanne,

I found your blog through another person’s blog (no surprise!) and have enjoyed reading your posts. I use the exact same phrase for how I feel when I get a cold or other acute illness: sick on top of sick. It’s the worst. I love how we both came up with that phrase!

I’ve been chronically ill for nine years now after I failed to recover from an acute viral infection. I’m house-bound, mostly bed-bound although on some days I can go out for a few hours. It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with this unexpected turn my life took. In an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I’ve written a book about living well with chronic illness. The book may be done but my work isn’t done — it’s a challenge everyday.

I look forward to more of your posts.


7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 04.01.10 at 2:08 pm }

Welcome Toni!

I agree… sick on top of sick is no fun at all.

I’m very sorry to hear about you being house-bound due to your illness. 🙁 It’s wonderful that you have channeled your limited energy into a positive project. Coming to terms with such a major life change can really be challenging!

Having been chronically ill myself for 28 years now, I understand what you mean about every day being a challenge. I try to look at it as every day being an opportunity too. I try to look at the challenges themselves as opportunities. 🙂

Thank you.



8 RellacafaNo Gravatar { 04.10.10 at 2:44 am }

Hi Jeanne, I’m a little late to the party, but I have now signed your petition! I’m so sorry to read that you have been having such a rough time of it, I’m amazed you still manage to keep up working as hard for awareness as you do. Keep on fighting, the good days can’t be too far away xxoo
.-= Rellacafa´s last blog ..A Medication Miracle, Or Just Some Long Overdue Luck? =-.

9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 04.10.10 at 9:01 pm }


It’s so nice to hear from you! As far as being late to the party, there’s no such thing in this case. 😉 Anyone with chronic illness knows that time does not always “behave itself” for us. Thank you so much for signing this petition!

Create Endometriosis Awareness & Understanding

We had 484 signatures on March 1st and are now up to 566! We’re really making progress! Every single time someone signs this petition it makes me smile because we are using it to increase awareness about endometriosis… which sorely needs awareness in a deep sea of misinformation and myths. We have already used the petition to pressure a newspaper that had printed an erroneous story about endometriosis to print a correction (see below):

Endometriosis Advocacy and the Media (Re-post)

We will keep using this petition as a tool for spreading the facts about endometriosis and doing whatever we can to correct misinformation being disseminated about it. I really appreciate your support. Between people posting it on Facebook/Twitter, people Stumbling the link, people posting it on their blogs, and word of mouth… we are gaining more and more signatures. The more we get, the stronger a tool the petition will be. So, I really appreciate each and every signature.

I am still extremely drained from Endometriosis Awareness Month. I am way overdue to post something on my blog but I’m just too tired. With multiple conditions flaring up right now, blogging is just going to have to wait. Posting this is about as much as I’ve done on my blog in days. Yes, the good days will be here. I just have to ride out the storm at this point. I’m going through one of those times where you just put your seat belt on and hold on tight. I think I’ll feel better once I get the tilt table test (4/28) behind me. I’m not looking forward to being strapped to a table by people trying to make me faint but if it will help them figure out how to help me, I guess that’s what I need to do.

I look forward to reading your post as soon as I can. (I’m happy to hear by the title that it sounds like you have good news)! Right now, I need to lie back down. I am having one of those days where sitting up long enough to post this comment is about my limit. I’ll visit your blog soon, though. 😉

Take care,


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