Blog & Life Changes

You're going to have to indulge me for a moment dear readers while I write a more serious post (I'll get back to the fun and humor tomorrow!)

I want to thank all of you for following, subscribing and leaving such wonderful comments while I've been working on my 100,000 Pages in One Year Reading challenge. It's meant so much to me. But a situation has come up in my life that has made it impossible for me to continue with the challenge.

I will still be reading books, and blogging about them, and I have some other really fun blog posts planned for the coming weeks/months. So I hope you'll all stick around for that.

I've mentioned having a chronic illness here on the blog before, but I don't usually talk about the details of those health problems. But since that's the reason why I'm discontinuing the reading challenge, I feel like you deserve an explanation. I've had health problems since I was 11 years old. I spent 12 years trying to get a diagnosis before finally learning that I have a thyroid/adrenal problems, and that my endocrine system as a whole is functioning at sub-par levels. It's normal for people with thyroid/adrenal problems to have levels that fluctuate from time to time, but my levels drop really far and really fast and with no clear explanation why (for example, it's normal for levels to drop a great deal if a person was in a car accident or had other severe trauma to the body - but mine drop for no reason at all.)  I've spent the last 15 years working with various doctors, trying to find a treatment that will work, to no avail. Medication helps and I am thankful for that. But my doctors have been unable to find any treatment that will really stabilize the situation. This probably sounds really dramatic, but it's not. It's not life threatening. And the medication has stabilized my health to the point where I'm able to do a lot of things that I couldn't when I was at my sickest point. But, unfortunately it has not resolved the insomnia I've struggled with for the last 10 years, and my quality of life is not as high as I would like it to be.

My current doctor has created a treatment plan that she is very optimistic about. After discussing it with her, I am very hopeful about it as well. The only downside is that it will be very time consuming. I will have to follow a special diet that will require making all of my food from scratch, doing yoga, taking a lot of extra vitamins/herbs/supplements, removing all the toxins from my life, making bone broth, following a sleep schedule, etc.

I am estimating that it will take an extra 10 to 20 hours a week. I have spent the last week trying to figure out how to fit that into my schedule while still doing the 25-30 hours of reading I do a week for the reading challenge, and I just can't figure out how to fit it all in. I briefly considering delaying the new health changes until the end of the year, or changing the reading challenge to 50,000 pages in 6 months. But that would mean waiting 4-10 months to start the new health program. I've waited 27 years to be healthy again, and I can't talk myself into waiting any longer. So I hope you'll understand why I'm discontinuing the reading challenge. And I hope you'll still continue to follow the blog. And don't worry, my blog isn't going to become a chronic illness blog. I still want this to be a happy, fun blog where people can come and spend a few minutes taking a break from the dark, sad things happening in the world. I'm open to doing a health update every month or so if anyone wants to hear it. But for the most part, I want to keep this blog as fun and happy as possible and I have some really exciting blog posts planned that I can't wait to share with all of you!

I hope you'll join me tomorrow for the return of The Thursday Throwdown.

Comments

  1. Sorry to hear about your health issues. If you’d decided not to do the challenge just because you felt like it I’d understand so getting healthier is a totally a valid excuse. Not that you need one. Good luck with everything.

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  2. I understand the problems with thyroid meds and getting the right balance, but your situation sounds awful. I hope that your new routine will make life easier after the difficulty of making so many changes!

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    1. Oh, and sorry to hear about your thyroid problems. I hope things are going well with that!

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  3. So sorry to hear about your health issues. :-( I hope that with the new changes your life improves. I don't think one should emphasize reading above health, so you have every right to take the time to recuperate. That said, I'm not following your blog because of the reading challenge but because I like your "voice". You say things in a unique, hilarious way and I have fun reading your posts so I'm not going anywhere. I hope that's the case for all your other followers as well. Stay healthy!

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  4. Of course you should focus on your health!

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  5. So sorry to hear about your health issues and of course your health is most important and must come first. I will be interested to hear about your change of diet and such and the impact that does have. Take care.

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  6. You've been keeping up a daunting schedule, so listen to your body. Make your health your number one priority, and take care of that first. Other things will fall into place as they should, when they should. As you can, let us know how you're doing, but absolutely no pressure!

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    1. Thank you! I'd be happy to do updates once in a while!

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  7. Hope this new treatment helps and that you're feeling happy and healthy soon! Glad you'll still be posting along the way. Best wishes !!

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I will definitely still be posting blog entries. I have some fun ones planned!

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  8. You take care of you first! We'll still be here when and how and what you decide to blog.

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    1. Thank you so much. I have some fun blog post planned for the next few weeks/months!

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  9. I'm sorry you have had to live with so many health problems, but hopefully this treatment plan will work well for you! I've gone through a lot of this with my mom and her lyme disease (she has also dealt with thyroid/adrenal problems as well), so I know how daunting/frustrating/time consuming all these changes can be. I make pretty much everything from scratch myself, and we've done gluten free diets, eliminated toxins, and all that stuff. Please let me know if you need any recipes or anything!

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate it. Do you know of any books or blogs that have advice on eliminating toxins? I have a few books that I'm currently trying to read, but I'm always open to new options.

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    2. Sorry it took me so long to get back with you! I had to ask my mom. She had a few books we thought you might be interested in.
      Tox-Sick by Suzanne Sommers
      ( https://www.amazon.com/TOX-SICK-Toxic-Sick-Suzanne-Somers/dp/038534774X )

      I Was Poisoned by My Body
      ( https://www.amazon.com/Was-Poisoned-Body-Fibromyalgia-Sensitivity/dp/0967605091/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 )

      How to Stay Young and Healthy in a Toxic World
      ( https://www.amazon.com/Stay-Young-Healthy-Toxic-World/dp/0879839074/ref=la_B001IGT6G4_1_45?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521172831&sr=1-45&refinements=p_82%3AB001IGT6G4 )

      and Adrenal Fatigue
      ( https://www.amazon.com/Adrenal-Fatigue-Century-Stress-Syndrome/dp/1890572152/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 )

      Hopefully some of those will be helpful for you!

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    3. Thank you so much Nicole. I'll check those books out. And weirdly enough, I think I have the Suzanne Summers book somewhere in my to-read stacks, so I will search for that today!

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  10. Since this is my first visit, I thought I would look back at some recent posts and found this. I have had health issues in the past as well as life events that kept me from reading. I so understand. I admire you for continuing to search for the correct approach to your problem. Best wishes for success with the treatment and I will be happy to hear about your progress. And read the posts about your reading as you can get to them.

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    1. Thank you, Judy. And I'm sorry you've had health problems too. I hope things are going well for you now!

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  11. Good for you doing what you need to take care of yourself -- that's way more important than a reading challenge! Good luck with the new plan -- I hope it helps you feel better :)

    Buuuuut I will say that audiobooks are a really great thing to try while cooking, if you want :)

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    1. Thank you. I'll have to check out audiobooks. I've never listened to an audiobook before, but I've heard great things about them. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  12. Oh my God, I'm in awe of you, Angela! You're an incredibly strong woman, and I'm so sorry you have to go through this. :( I'm praying for you and your health--there's definitely no reason to say sorry; your health is more important than any reading challenge. Stay strong, lovely!

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  13. Get well, Angela. I wish I had something to suggest. Drink dandelion tea! Go for a walk! Uh...you know, things like that. But, really, get well is all I can say.

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  14. I am also a first time visitor. Your reading challenges sound very challenging indeed, and time intensive. Glad you have decided to focus on your health. If you fancy keeping up some of your reading, audiobooks may by a solution? I rarely read but often listen, it is very enjoyable.

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    1. I've never listened to an audiobook before, but someone told me that the Little House audiobooks are great, so I'm going to check that out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  15. I've just discovered your blog after your comment on mine (A Wordy Woman--i posted the chenille poncho yesterday) and have subscribed. So fun to find a book lover's blog! I am so sorry to hear about your health issues, but glad you have made yourself the priority! I hope things improve.

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  16. I am so glad you stopped by my blog today so I could see this post and I literally loved the newer post. Love Lucy.
    I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and hypothyroidism. I was in a terrible shape just three years ago. I am like a new person with diet. You can scroll through my health journey posts to see a bit of my information. Insurance didn't cover the doctor I went to, but he changed my life.

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    1. Thank you, Sandy. I will definitely check out that information on your blog. And I'm so glad to hear that things are going well with your health!

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  17. You know, of course, that as good as it is to read, your health has got to come first. You may even find that you enjoy the challenges of the health regime your doctor has given to you.

    I have a thyroid problem that is being successfully treated with a low-dose prescription and in recent years have discovered some food intolerances I did not have before. Dealing with all of that has taken time to understand but I've come to where it's an intriguing challenge for me. I hope the same becomes true for you as well.

    Thank you for your honesty about what's going on in your life. You know how people sometimes criticize bloggers for making it sound like our lives are all fun and games. While I agree with you that it's preferable to provide our readers with happier posts, we do need to be real, too.

    I think you are on the right track and I applaud you for that.

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    1. Thank you so much Barbara. I'm glad to hear that things have improved with your health!

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  18. Angela! I just stopped by your blog after you commented on my blog and I came across this post. My heart goes out to you! You shouldn’t for a second feel bad about putting your health first! I’m sorry that you’re going through this and wish you all the best as you start this new journey!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lindsay! I really appreciate it.

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