Laura's Pen Blog update

Blog announcement: Life, health and writing

An update on my life and my blogging…

You may have noticed things have been a bit quiet on here recently, and I’m afraid it is something that is going to continue.

There are several reasons for this, and I wanted to explain just what’s going on.

Health

The past four months or so have been challenging. I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis, which is a condition where the Endometrium (the lining of the womb) grows inside the muscle wall of the uterus.

Unfortunately, the diagnosis has come at a point when it’s already causing such severe pain that a hysterectomy is definitely in my near future. It is only being put off because of mine and my partner’s desire to have children.

I am luckily managing much better than when I was first diagnosed, which is in a huge part down to the Oska Pulse dramatically reducing my pain.

I was in so much pain previously that I couldn’t see myself being able to manage long enough to try for children. I thought the hysterectomy was going to be forced on me by my body.

Anyway, while that has improved, I also recently had a general flare of fatigue. I know a lot of us chronically ill folk found the change in weather hard.

I seem to be coming out of that but it did force me to stop blogging and it made me realise that for a long time I have been pushing myself way too hard in order to get a blog out every two weeks.

I had forgotten to put my health first. So, this is the first reason I have taken a step back from the blog and will continue to do so.

Life

On a happier note, I got engaged recently. While we are having a fairly low-key wedding, for me, planning a wedding is going to use up a lot of my spare energy. I’ve already found myself awake at night stressing about the silliest of things.

I’m going to have to learn how to manage stress again as I’ve managed to make my life fairly stress-free (other than applying for Benefits and getting diagnosed with things that force stressful decisions on me!).

So, as you can imagine, ill be focusing a lot of my energy on the wedding.

Then after that? Trying for children when I have a body that is likely to make it difficult (so more stress!) and having to go through the hell of having periods again to do so will be taking up my energy. I’m waiting till after the wedding next summer to stop my pill as I’m not expecting good things from being off it.

And if things do go to plan, life will get a lot busier from then on!

Writing

You may remember in “Chronic Illness and the loss of self” I told you I am writing a novel. I used the present tense there, but actually, I haven’t touched the thing for most of the last year.

I have, as I said above, been pushing myself too hard on the blog and it has left no energy for my novel. So, in a shift of priorities, I’m going to put my energy back on slowly writing the novel.

But all is not lost! While it will be particularly quiet on here until I get married next summer, I do hope to still occasionally blog. It just won’t be very frequently and I definitely won’t be holding myself to arbitrary deadlines anymore.

If you want to make sure you know when I do post, you can subscribe to my mailing list.

But if you just want to keep up with what I’m up to, you can follow me on Instagram for little insights into my life, as well as my reviews of beauty products and photos of cats I meet, or follow me on twitter for tweets about my life, links to my old blogs, links to things I’ve found on the internet and a scattering of my very bad jokes.

Thank you, everyone, for all the support you have given me. It has meant a lot to me and made me feel like a useful human being, which can be hard when you are too ill to work.

I am not gone, I am merely off living my life a bit more.

Lots of love,

Laura’s Pen


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Laura Chamberlain

Laura is a writer blogging about living with chronic illness, namely Lyme Disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and Fibromylagia.

She likes food, cats, bad jokes. Unfortunately, her boyfriend is allergic to the last two...

5 Comments

  1. I’m so sorry about the diagnosis and also the fatigue, but I can definitely relate to pushing yourself too much, getting totally worn down and then things going to the wayside somewhat. Huge congratulations on the engagement! I think that a focus on yourself, your health, your relationship and the novel are definitely ones worth aiming for in terms of priorities – Wishing you all the best for a healthier, happier New Year! Please take care of yourself 🙂
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you Caz. I hope the new year brings good and healthier things to you too x

  2. Seriously, congratulations on your engagement and don’t let the wedding-industrial complex drive you mad! My former partner of many years dumped me for being a spoonie (“we can’t be a normal couple because you can’t go anywhere”) so I am really thrilled to see another spoonie getting married! Don’t worry if your blog or silent for a while. People expect that from spoonie blogs. I started in 2014 and then at the end of the year I reinjured my arm and didn’t start again until 2017. Your audience will still be there. 💚 Big hug!

    1. Thank you lovely! It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, it is obviously a very tough thing for any relationship when one of you becomes and stays very ill but we’ve both learnt how to find happiness in amongst this and how to make this easier on each other. I am very lucky I found such a special person 🙂 thank you for the blog pep talk! 🙂

  3. I meant “don’t worry if your blog goes silent,” not “blog or silent.” I was voice texting and forgot to proofread. I will continue to check your Instagram for beauty products and cats. 😻😻💄💄

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