I ended my pity party early last night because I got an email from Joe, the Journals Editor, that I am to be this weeks Guest Journal Editor!
Yay! ::: jumping around doing happy dance (think Snoopy) :::
I am quite honored. I assume this has less to do with my writing ability and more to do with my oft written subject, dealing with a chronic illness while being a mom and wife.
Hey, that is okay, I will take it any way I can get it! I am very happy to be able to shed light on my plight, and the plight of so many others with what we like to call "Invisible Disablities".
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus (SLE). They are both auto-immune diseases which means that the body mistakes itself as an enemy and attacks itself causing inflammation.
With the Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA, it attacks joints, specifically and most often, the hands and feet, and for many, the hardest. However, it also can attack, connective tissues, and organs, such as the lungs and heart.
The Lupus tends to attack organs primarily, especially the kidneys. Lupus patients also tend to have cognitive function issues as well. I am simplifying the disease descriptions, just to provide a general understanding.
Both diseases pack a walloping dose of fatigue - which I can assure you first hand is NOT just being tired. It is like moving through a world where the air is pea soup for you, instead of the clear broth everyone else gets.
These are my favorite journals to visit. These journalers all have either RA or Lupus, or both, and some, even more chronic illness to cope with in their lives.
Luanne's journal is a favorite of mine because somehow she is fighting her diseases every day with a smile, and is a mom to teenagers, which gives me a lot of hope!
Karyl always has some inspiration for me in her pages, sometimes through her faith and sometimes through hers and her family's experiences.
Foxy is twenty years old and just recently diagnosed with RA. She is struggling to find her way with this disease as a young woman and she is very brave!
Tracey is the hippest mom I have ever come across with Lupus and possibly without!!! She is a single mom in her thirties, with teenagers, and fighting to get out of the nursing home this wretched disease has recently confined her into. Yet, she is funny, happy and full of life and shares that with us in J-land each day!
Mariann always makes me laugh. A recent journal entry of hers was about laughter being the best medicine, which she followed with some wonderful jokes!
Loretta is sweet and honest and funny. Reading her journal is like sitting down and having a cup of tea with a friend. Enjoy!
However, my life is not just coping with my illness, even though sometimes, it feels that way! I am a mom to three fabulous, funny, smart kids, a wife to a big huggy bear of a hubby and a daughter and friend to others!
I love to write essays, poems and fiction. I love to read and devour many fiction books weekly and usually a couple of non-fiction too. I love to learn. Recent endeavors of mine have been to learn latin, french, art history and begin piano lessons!
Here are some wonderful journals that I read that with those pusuits in mind:
Michael is the most fabulous writer! I feel like I am with him as he tells me stories of his childhood and daily life. I am proud to call him a new friend, as well.
This is a very cool journal, Friendly Freakdom as the owner has nicknamed it. I love it!
I am a Jersey Girl too, how could I not love this journal! The Jersey Girl is a fabulous photographer and her pictures of the Jersey Shore and her hubby commercial fishing make this a one of a kind.
I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Yes, I have read the books several times, visit Mugglenet.com at least once a day and I am counting down to the big party next Friday night at my local bookstore when the long awaited book 6 will be sold at midnight! How could I not love this journal? The daily spells are personally, my favorite part!
This journaling mom is a wonderful haiku writer and a history buff! Her journal is full of great history information mingled with her family's story. You'll be hooked!!!
This is a fun journal for me because I read many of the same types of fiction that this journal reviews! Unfortunately, you cannot leave comments, because I would say "I love it"!
Pat is a mom from NJ with three kids - hey sounds like me!! Her kids are grown though, unlike mine, yet we both do write poetry too. I love her journal because she always makes me smile!
I hope you enjoy my picks and would love to hear from any and all of you! This has been so much fun, and I would like to thank Joe, the Journals Editor, once again for this great opportunity!
Be well, Dawn