Blogging Identity Crisis

It’s been such a long time since I’ve written a blog post.  The truth is, I’ve been having a blogging identity crisis.

When I first started this blog, my intention was to create a blog mostly centered around mid-life and related topics, as well as topics mostly geared for women.  Something happened after a few posts.  I just wasn’t feeling it.

I need to feel it in order to be passionate about writing.  Of course, I can wing it and pump out words in order to blog on many topics, but that’s not what I wanted for this blog.

Where Was I?

There was a series of events this summer that also led to my not being able to devote any time on this blog.  First, I started flaring due to it being summer.  I have lupus, so the sun affects me and this summer was no different on that front than past summers.

Then my dad fell ill and needed emergency surgery and then care for a couple of weeks.  The stress compounded my flare up and the dreaded autoimmune fatigue set in.

Just two weeks after this, my aunt, whose only child passed many years ago and has nobody to take care of her, fell and broke her collar bone.  The poor woman was left with the use of only one arm and unable to drive or do much for herself.  For the past two months, I’ve been caring for her as well as helped her move out of the house she sold and into an apartment.  When it rains it pours!

Because of all this stress, I’ve been flaring big time and dealing with unbelievable fatigue.  It’s not my intention to seem all full of self-pity.  I’m just trying to let you know what has been leading to what I’ll say in a bit.

Is There a Caboose Leading this Train of Thought?

Of course there is.  Here it is.

I’ve decided that I’m going to change the flavor of this blog.  It’s still a very new blog, so changing it at this point is fine.  I’m aware that I might lose followers, but I don’t really have many at this stage of the game and I’m cool with that.

What will I write about?

I’ll write about stuff I know.  I have lupus, as I’ve said, as well as Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s is another autoimmune disease that often goes hand in hand with lupus.  Venus Williams has Sjogren’s.  I won’t get into detail about it here but will talk about it a lot in future posts. Having been down with a major flare this past little while, I realized I needed an outlet to share and express myself, so that’s where I’m going with this blog. I’m going to make this more of a personal health blog about lupus, Sjogren’s, and autoimmune diseases in general.

I’m hoping that through this blog, I’ll be able to share my experiences, my frustrations, my successes, things I learn and various other related musings and to also inspire and empower others who suffer from autoimmune diseases and want to know that there are others out there like them and that there is hope.

This blog will not be a place for medical advice.  That’s better left to medical professionals, of course.  I will, however, share things that I’ve found helped me, diets, foods, supplements, work out routines, books, and all kinds of other things I feel might help.  I also hope that in time, others will join in and contribute, ask questions, and comment.

As for the title of this blog page, The Sassy Rebel, I feel it’s even better suited now because anyone who has an autoimmune disease knows that you need to be a warrior, a rebel, to be able to stay on top of this.

Finally, I feel as though I can get real here.  I’m not going to delete my previous posts.  Those of you who will stick around, cool!  Thanks!  For new people who will eventually follow, welcome!  I hope you enjoy my future posts and that you will contribute and comment!

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