Sunday, January 30, 2011

Who am I?

My name is Donna. I am a stay at home mom of 3 and  have an amazing husband that works and goes to Law school. Our life is more than a little crazy at times. Before I was a stay at home mommy I worked for several different Attorneys as a paralegal in the real estate field. I absolutely loved my job. But, it is not an option right now and probably will never be due to my health issues. In my blog, I’ll be concentrating on issues associated with chronic pain, scoliosis, fibromyalgia and the other several health issues that I have. I will include my journey with it as well as helpful links and sites.

I would like to start off by giving you a little background about myself and my condition. I was in my pre-teens when I realized that I was hurting. The pain was ignored by the adults in my life and not until I was married and on my own at 18 was I able to find out a bit of why I was hurting. My scoliosis was pretty bad at that point and has continued to worsen with each chlid that I have had.  I started having fibromyalgia symptoms right about this time as well. They have only worsened. 

After many years and dozens of doctors and hospitals later and more frustration than I can even remember, I have been diagnosed with:

Vitamin D deficiency,
Severe Scoliosis
Chronic Pain
Degenerating Disc Disease
Central Stenosis
Arthritis *in my back*
Fibromyalgia (and yes all of the fun things that come with fibro)
Severe Asthma
Chronic sinusitis
recurrent Kidney infections-- waiting on final diagnosis of IC  &Overactive bladder
Past Eating Disorder- mostly recovered
Over 25 Ulcers in stomach
Irregular menstrual cycle
Acne Rosacea (face)
Not able to go past stage 2 of sleep.

They have run many other tests recently (mri, bloodwork,etc.) Hopefully to get some more answers. Some of the tests were to test for MS and other neurological disorders and immune system disorders.

I am not sure what is goign to come in the near future for me. I take it a day at a time. My dreams of being a nurse are over. I can't sit/stand or do any heavy lifting or bending.  I love to write. I know that God has a purpose for me. I think that over the past few months it has hit me. Would I be taking the time to write any blog at all if I were able to be working still? No, I would work long hours and be with the kids a little and go to bed.  I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I am going through this horrible pain that often has me rolled up into a ball crying for a reason.  Everything I have faced in the past will help me now to reach others. I pray that God will allow me to reach others that don't know him. I pray that he will help me to find the strength through my pain to put the emotion that I feel from the pain into writing.

I hope that my blog will be one that others dealing with health problems can come to and can find someone that is here for them and that cares. That if you are someone dealing with pain right now and you need a friend that you will reach out. I do care. I have come to learn that I have because of my illness lost most of the friends I have made in real life. Again, this is something that happens for a reason. I know that even when I feel alone and like I can not go on. That, if I  just listen that God is there for me. I think that he is going to use me and I am ready to be a willing servant. I do hope that I will be able to post some information that you will find useful.  

Look forward to getting to know many others! Please comment and let me know you are out there. I would love to talk to you!

God Bless


 I hope to have many conversations with you through this blog, and I know that we’ll all benefit from sharing the techniques we’ve learned for coping with chronic pain and illness.

Thanks for stopping by!

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.