When I started this blog, it was a sort of therapy to deal with all the changes I was forced to make, like resigning from my job, and all the pain I was forced to endure – every day. What I truly hope to accomplish with my little corner of the internet is that I will be able to help others realize that they are not alone in this world of chronic pain by sharing my thoughts, stories (sometimes funny), my struggles (rants) and successes.
I am your semi-average 40-something (not yet 45) woman who lives in Indiana. My boyfriend, John came into my life a little over 6 years ago, which was about 6 months before chronic pain did. Like most Americans, we were both working full-time jobs and each had 2.5 children from previous marriages/relationships. I have 3 children, John has 2. John’s daughter is 24, my oldest daughter is 22, then we have my youngest daughter in college at IU and John’s son who is studying at IPFW and lastly, my son, the baby of the family, is in his second year of high school. We really just need one more boy to have the Brady Bunch! We also have two dogs, a Shih Tzu and an English Bulldog as well as a small farm of reptiles and snakes. While I don’t get out of the house much, someone is always coming or going and there is rarely a dull moment!
So as I mentioned earlier, I started having a lot of pain, which turned into chronic pain. During that time, a host of other symptoms slowly started to show up as well. After several years of going to doctors and countless blood and diagnostic tests, I was diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis as well as chronic migraines. The symptoms of my MCTD are primarily those of Lupus or SLE. I won’t go into the long history that I believe lead to my all of my chronic illnesses. I will tell you that after a few failed marriages and relationships, I am incredibly lucky to be with John. He is my strength, my best friend and truly supportive of me!
Like many other spoonies, I have been struggling with my health for almost a decade. It has only been the past 4 to 5 years or so that my physical pain has truly turned my world upside down. In October of 2012 I had to have my right hip replaced due to severe Osteoarthritis leaving me with hardly any hip. After recovering from surgery, I tried to go back to work but had to quit my job as an Office Administrator in January of 2013. That was hard for me! I have always worked and I was working at a job I loved! I am still waiting to have my other hip replaced and a much-needed back surgery to repair three herniated discs that are protruding into my spinal cord.