Some of my loyal readers have noted that I have not been posting at all for months, and have been very haphazard in frequently posting for quite some time.
My subscribers to my email list know that I was diagnosed with Chronic or Persistent Lyme Disease after a year of dealing with, to that point, a mysterious health break down. Recently I was also diagnosed with mono.
Ironically, it was not the underlying health issues that were the straw that broke the camel’s back for my writing, but rather Lyme treatment. The process of healing and getting better can not only be complicated with something like Persistent Lyme, but it can also make you significantly sicker before it makes you better.
Yes, I’ve been quite sick.
But I have a lot to be thankful for too. We know what my underlying issues are (finally). We recently changed up my treatment plan, and while I am only a few weeks into it, I finally feel hope for getting better. Despite feeling so unwell and unlike my normal self, I have really enjoyed investing into my children after a wild previous year where I was acutely sick, in pain, and, on top of it, we moved three times.
Being so ill for so many long months has also rebirthed a renewed love of books. While I wasn’t creating new recipes and cooking new things, I was enjoying reading to my children and reading many, many books myself. They have helped me not only survive hard days, but they have rekindled my love of writing stories and on other topics. One very small way I have enjoyed exploring the world of books online is by starting to post short book reviews on Goodreads on many of the books I am reading.
Finally, while my health took a deep nose dive, and then the healing process made me feel even worse, the financial burden (and it is a very big burden to those sick) has been heavy. It was only with great fear that I stopped blogging since this blog helps support my little family.
But I am so thankful that many of you have continued to use this website, buy through the affiliate links, and support this blog despite my disappearance. I am truly thankful for that because it has allowed this health crisis not to have the deeper burden of having an important source of income for us dry up completely. Thank you for that very real support.
These last few weeks on my new protocol has given me my love of cooking back, and I’ve been enjoying working in the kitchen again . I hope to share some of those recipes with you soon.