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Three Wonderful Years!


Wow! It’s really hard to believe that the first blog post I ever wrote was three years ago… on June 1, 2008.

What is that saying again? Time flies when you’re having fun?


There are many things happening in my personal life right now that are making it difficult for me to spend as much time writing as I would like. I had hoped to do something special for today’s anniversary post.



I decided that with my limited energy it would be best for me to take a look back…


Before there was this:



There was this:



I’ve have decided today to do a look back at some of the topics that have been covered since June 1, 2009 here on Chronic Healing and also before that from June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2009 on Jeanne’s Endo Blog.

This blog has covered many topics. Regular readers are aware that one of the topics I have focused on the most is endometriosis, which I have been living with for 29 years.

As fellow endometriosis patients, we have banded together to advocate for ourselves by writing letters to the editor and signing a petition to promote endometriosis awareness and understanding… among many other activities.

GoPetition


According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, about 40% of patients with endometriosis will experience some degree of infertility. Infertility is another topic that has been covered here.

In addition, I have written about topics such as fibromyalgia and migraines and about ways to stay active despite illness-induced barriers… such as in this post regarding how I found a way to ride a bike again despite vulvodynia.


I have written about various awareness days or months such as this post where I mentioned Lyme Disease, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), ME/CFS and fibromyalgia.

Also, I have written about interstitial cystitis and made a video about bladder instillations.

While this series on dysautonomia is older, it still gets many visitors. I made a video about Raynaud’s and fibromyalgia here.

Possibly the most important post I have ever written, in my opinion, was this one about suicide prevention. Many visitors have viewed this (and related blog posts). This is a very important topic that warrants serious attention.

(Be sure to click below to view the link that explains why the “cash cow” is pictured here).


The following post is about patients who are viewed as a revenue source. Regardless of what chronic illness(es) one has, it is important to be informed about the fact that there are companies, organizations, and people who prey on patients. No one wants to be a “cash cow”.

There are obviously some heavy subjects covered on this blog. I try to balance things out with humor, music, and art. If I were to write about the subjects above without ever taking a moment to step back and take a breath, I would surely be quickly overwhelmed.

I don’t travel much and when I do the results are often disastrous. However, last summer, we managed to have a trip that went well. It made for a post where I could share some artwork that I enjoy.

I promised myself that I would not single out any particular blogger for mention or thanks because I truly would never finish writing this post if I tried to do so! Since my friend Jannie Funster is currently recording her second CD, however, I feel the need to direct people’s attention to this fact because I just love her first CD and can’t wait for the next one to come out. So, if you are not familiar with Jannie’s music, please check out some videos of hers, recorded live. You won’t be disappointed by Jannie’s beautiful voice, songwriting, humor and music.


This video (below) is of a Tori Amos song that makes me feel better when I am hurting… Almost Rosey.

Finally, now that I have done a retrospective, so to speak, and ended with some artwork and music that I enjoy and find healing… let me close by thanking YOU.

If you are reading this, I would like to thank you for everything you do! The mutual support that I have found from fellow patients online in the last three years is beyond anything I could possibly have imagined. Whether it is patients I’ve met through my blog itself or people I’ve met on social media sites, I am very fortunate to have met so many caring, compassionate, thoughtful, intelligent, creative, supportive, resourceful people in the last three years. It is an honor to have met and interacted with so many wonderful people.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support (one-on-one support “off the blog”, supporting my blog itself by reading it/commenting on it/subscribing to it, subscribing to/commenting on my blog’s YouTube channel, supporting my blog’s pages – on Facebook and Facebook’s Networked Blogs – and supporting me daily via social media).

I only hope that I am able to provide a fraction of the support to all of you that you have given to me. I am truly honored to have gotten to know so many passionate advocates for many causes/illnesses and to have met so many role models for how to effectively advocate for oneself when interacting with healthcare professionals.

You all truly inspire me every single day! Thank you so much!


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


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13 comments

1 Hayley CafarellaNo Gravatar { 06.01.11 at 2:20 am }

Happy blog birthday!!! Sending cupcakes and kisses :) xx

2 JeannetteNo Gravatar { 06.01.11 at 9:15 am }

Hello again Jeanne,

I am finally back online after a veryyyy long time. Despite not being online I have thought of you often and wondered how you were doing. I found my wonderful miracle and I am doing great now. Thank God for that!

Congratulations on a terrific 3 years! I know you have brought immeasurable comfort and important information to your readers for 3 wonderful years.

Take care,
Jeannette XO

3 AnnieNo Gravatar { 06.01.11 at 2:54 pm }

Happy blogoversary, Jeanne!! Wow, you certainly have covered a lot of territory in three years. And I’m glad to see you are covering new territory on your bike. How wonderful to discover a way to pursue a hobby that is fun and good for your health!

4 JasmineNo Gravatar { 06.01.11 at 6:21 pm }

Woo-Hoo! Happy Anniversary, and thank you for all that you do to educate and advocate!

5 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 06.01.11 at 8:56 pm }

It’s WONDERFUL seeing that pink / black polka dot theme again. how well I remember it from the first time I met you. Ahhhhhh, so long ago, so much water under the bridge. So many great posts, comments, laughs, tears — but mostly laughs.

HAPPY THREE YEARS!!

Can’t wait to meet Tori too, and play on the stage with her, to sing Banana Seat Bicycle.

What? You ARE my biggest supporter, and not just a fraction at all.

I can’t ever imagine blogging life without you, and would never want to.

xoxooxxoxoxo
xoxooxoxoxxo

6 AmandaNo Gravatar { 06.02.11 at 4:58 am }

Happy Blogoversary! Isn’t it wonderful to look back and reflect on the journey you’ve made and all you’ve achieved? Here’s to the next 3 years of blogging fun!! xx

7 JennNo Gravatar { 06.02.11 at 3:20 pm }

Happy 3rd Blogiversary!!!

I love this celebratory post. You have been a tremendous support and resource for me and countless others. Thanks for every single thing you do to raise awareness, send love and give hope to us. Your blog is a blessing to our community.

Thank you!

8 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.06.11 at 3:18 pm }

Hayley:

Thank you, Hayley! It’s hard to believe it has been three years since we first met online, isn’t it? I love your “talkies”. (All, I’m referring to Hayley’s video posts). xo

Jeannette:

It’s very nice to hear from you, Jeannette… It has been a long time! I’m glad to see you back online. Thank you for your kind words! Take care! xo

Annie:

Thank you, Annie! It really is a big deal to have found a method of exercise that my body can tolerate (which has been quite a challenge in recent years). It took some planning but I’m really happy it has worked out. Thank you for all your work educating people about pregnancy loss – especially losses related to umbilical cord problems. xo

Jasmine:

Thank you, Jasmine! I appreciate your absolutely amazing support! It has been a long time since we met online, hasn’t it? The work you do educating people about issues and fighting for important causes is so vital. Thank you! xo

Jannie:

You’re too funny! I knew you’d remember the pink and black polka dot logo. Yes, so long ago indeed. I agree… more laughs than tears!

Thank you! I cannot wait for you and Tori to sing ‘Banana Seat Bicycle’ together live. I will record the moment for posterity, of course. That way, I’ll be able to hear it anytime I like.

Hmm. I think Jimmy is your biggest supporter. I’ll agree with you that I’m up in that group of top supporters, though. ;)

I can’t imagine blogging life without you either. I’d say it’s a good thing we’re both addicted to it. That way, neither of us needs to worry about that being an issue.

xoxoxoxoxo into the hands-free cell phone hills…

Amanda:

Thank you, Amanda! Yes, it’s nice to reflect once in awhile and get perspective. Thank you for all your support over the years! Here’s to the next three years! xo

Jenn:

Thank you, Jenn! Your enthusiasm and excitement about the blogging community and about writing in general are contagious. Your heartfelt posts really resonate with people and I appreciate the support you’ve given me! Thank you! xo

~~~

Jeanne

9 DianeNo Gravatar { 06.06.11 at 3:57 pm }

Happy third anniversary – I’m glad I was a part of it!

10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.06.11 at 5:00 pm }

Diane:

Thank you, Diane! I’m glad too.

Jeanne

11 EndochickNo Gravatar { 06.06.11 at 10:10 pm }

What wonderful news, Jeanne! Happy anniversary! It’s been such a joy meeting you and working with you on so many blog efforts to increase endometriosis awareness. Through many hard times, you have proved to be a valuable friend! Thanks so much for always being there and for taking the time to bring your wisdom and experience to others with your blog.

12 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.08.11 at 10:50 am }

Endochick:

Thank you! You have been a huge source of inspiration and support for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you on various awareness activities. You have been a very valuable friend to me too. We have seen some interesting times over these last few years, haven’t we? Thank you for everything you do to share your knowledge with others, to help patients find useful resources, and to educate people about patient safety. I know that I can always count on you in times of need. Thank you.

Jeanne

13 Four Years: Learning, Growing, Sharing, Caring — ChronicHealing.com { 06.02.12 at 12:22 am }

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