DoILookSick WINS Best In Show!

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GUYS. I don’t even know what to say right now. This post is long overdue, I know. I still just can’t even believe this.

I was so thrilled to be a finalist, I’ve really wanted this since I first began blogging. But there was a part of me that was a little disappointed. Best in Show? I wished I had been a finalist for a smaller category – you know, one I had a chance at actually WINNING. But that was okay. I was still totally thrilled to be a finalist and get the cool finalist package/confetti explosion in the mail.

But come on. By internet standards, this blog is VERY small. The blogs I was up against seemed comparable with my readership size, but they boasted a lot more awards and two of my competitors were even finalists in MULTIPLE CATEGORIES of the WEGO Health awards. You should definitely check them all out, they seem really cool. Clearly cooler than me in my own summation, haha.

So I was casually watching along while doing a phone interview for a writing agent (got it) and putting together a resume (that’s already gotten me a job) and on top of all that excitement, I see MY NAME pop up as the WINNER? WHAT?!

It was an awesome day for me. So I spent the rest of the day singing this:

Thank you guys. <3

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Endo Stage What?

Being a part of the invisible illness online activism community, you run in to a lot of new terms that have to do with your illness. Some, like “spoonie,” instill a sense of comradery.

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Others help explain your illness in a language you hadn’t heard from your doctors, either because some doctors tend not to use “medical” terms with patients, or because it’s simply hard to explain something they understand so fully to someone who is new to it all. I don’t say this to be mean – Doctors are not teachers. Being a terrible teacher myself, I understand how truly difficult it is to teach someone something.

For me, having friends online with the same illnesses as me helped me understand a lot about myself. For instance – in the endometriosis community, I’d often see the letters PCOS pop up. I had no idea what that stood for, but I knew that it was similar to endo in many ways and was a kind of infertility. My doctor has never mentioned those letters before, but this year he said “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” and on the car ride home it hit me that it abbreviates to PCOS – and I felt a little better because I did actually have some rudimentary knowledge of it thanks to the online community. It was still sad – no one likes to face a battle, but knowing what you’re up against can help tremendously.

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But there’s a third kind of term I’ve come across – Continue reading

Harry Potter Fans, Listen Up!

My husband makes absolutely beautiful hand made Harry Potter wands and you HAVE to check it out. This has been in the works for a while now, and with medical bills piling up very quickly, this is a great way to support us. Plus you get a stunning one-of-a-kind wand out of it!

CLICK HERE to see the Meeks’ Muggle Wand Shop!

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