Editor’s Update

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Anyone who follows this Journal may notice (another) very long gap between posts. This  year has turned into a steady sequence of issues involving computer problems and Internet service, household maintenance problems, caring for an elderly parent, and going to many doctor appointments for both of us. The stress of it all resulted in a fibromyalgia flare-up which has slowed me down considerably.

Last month, I started going to a Pain Management Program (herein, PMP) to work on the fibro flare. I go twice a week to a clinic 60 miles away. With travel time, I’m gone about 9.5 hours a day and when I get home, I just need to rest. So with all this going on, my writing has fallen by the wayside.

One of the emotional-psychological-spiritual health goals I’ve set in this PMP is to turn this Journal into a regular “day job”. That’s actually been my plan for several years but now I have a support staff to help see that I do it.

Over the past few weeks, it’s been a pleasant surprise to discover that I’m already familiar with many of the topics, readings, and therapies covered in the PMP from my past studies. My mission now is to apply the things I’ve learned, with the additional support of clinical professionals and medical documentation.

I’m inviting everyone who’s been following or is just discovering this Journal to join me on this expedition into natural whole-person healing.

I hope you’ll also share stories, comments, questions and suggestions about your experiences with chronic illness or pain conditions, whether it’s yourself, family members, or friends. What have you tried or would like to? What’s worked and what hasn’t? What would you like to know more about?

Let’s get together and compare notes!

Editor’s Page: March Forth!

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Today is March 4th–a perfect day to take time to renew the New Year’s plans and goals you set that maybe are starting to fall behind.

The middle to end of February seems to be the time when the shiny newness of your plans begins to tarnish a little.

You may start falling back into your same old routines and ‘forget’ that you gave up sweets or working out.

If you’re dealing with a chronic pain and fatigue condition (as I am), then you know how cold temperatures and dark days can bring on symptoms that can sabotage your wellness goals.

And if you live in a cold, snowy climate–say anywhere in the upper Northern hemisphere–then you know that it’s still Winter out there, maybe til the end of April. Even though the Spring equinox is just two weeks away, we here in the tundra have a hard time envisioning that.

Let’s March Forth!

So, what I am proposing is to make today–March 4th–a day to renew our commitment to our Wellness Plan and–March Forth with it. Make this the day you say, “I am going to do this!”

This is something I need to do myself. The fibromyalgia I deal with threatens to flare up with each weekly major snow storm. I know I have to work to keep it from knocking me down, like the strong winds that are blowing today want to do.

My other challenge is being the sole proprietor of a business with no one else to staff it. Even though it’s an online business and all I have to do is write, I still have days where I just need to “call in sick”. That is why there are so many long gaps between articles.

I have no doubt that anyone following this page in the past three years since it was put up, has given up on me by now.  I’ve been told that I need to add new content daily and it’s been closer to quarterly for me.

That’s another reason for my March Forth” Campaign. Along with being a re-dedication to my wellness plan, it’s also a re-dedication to this virtual wellness center:

“I pledge that my readers find new things every week”

(Rather than every three months!)

Now, I ask you all to hold me to this. If you don’t see something new in two weeks running, then check in at the Center’s Community Hub at Facebook and give me a “poke”. Say something like “Hey, Kat–where are you? I haven’t seen anything new in two weeks!”

Another thing you could do is post a comment to an article in the Journal, even if it’s just “good article!” or even “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Knowing people are seeing what I post is a great motivational tool.

So, what do you think? Are you with me on the ‘March Forth’ toward a fabulous rest of the year?

Great! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Post a comment about your plan to March Forth