A blessed and joyous Easter to you! Today, The Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge is to share my proudest accomplishments in the last five years. This is hard for me, because I am not a goal-oriented person. I try to live day-to-day and feel accomplished when I get enough sleep, wake up still breathing, get my prayer and exercise time in and make it through the day without a sprain, joint dislocation or fall!
Five years ago I was living in the suburbs of Atlanta with my husband and teenage stepdaughter, worked at a job I loved with wonderful people for 1/3 what I earn in Manhattan and had a wonderful church family. Teen years are tough, but especially for girls. That year was challenging for all of us.
Even still, I cannot regret it. The stress of those challenges, coupled with a rather abrupt move North was what brought all my troubling symptoms to the surface, enabling a team of smart New York doctors to finally diagnose me with Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. In the past, I would present one symptom at a time, leading us nowhere.
1. Therefore, I would have to say my greatest accomplishment is coming through the storm smarter and better able to care for myself and my autoimmunity;
2. I am proud to be volunteering with the National Psoriasis Foundation as a Mentor. When I was first diagnosed, I was assigned a wonderful Mentor. I am grateful for all the advice and encouragement I received every time I was unsure or even frightened; and
3. Volunteering with the Foundation opened new doors for me, being able to serve on committees and participate in educational seminars for bloggers (even before I was blogging). I am proud that I decided to take the first step in attending my first summit. That became a springboard to blogging (photo above); and
4. I am proud to be communicating with you as an e-health advocate!
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