I am super excited to once again be participating in this year’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge sponsored by WeGo Health! Raising awareness and education about chronic illness is a driving force behind this blog so when I get the chance to team up with other activists, I jump on it! The goal of HAWMC is to help activists share information, support, and ideas within the online community. It is not to late if you would like to get involved! You can visit the WeGo Health HAWMC page for more information!
If you are a first time visitor to A New Kind of Normal, welcome! My name is Jamee and I am 31 years old! I have been a chronic illness warrior for almost ten years. I have earned my battle scars from endometriosis, fibromyalgia, Celiac disease, gastroparesis, and adhesion issues. I am also an infertility veteran but a very proud mama through the miracle of adoption. I am also a very proud YPW (youth pastor’s wife). I am a pro at surgery recovery but am very new at the idea of disability. This week marks my first week at home on extended (most likely permanent) medical leave. HAWMC falls at the perfect time to provide both inspiration and distraction as I try to discover my “new normal.”
I started this blog in 2007 as an outlet while we were in the depths of fertility treatments. I never imagined that anyone would actually ever read it or that I would discover the incredible online support community. I have been so blessed by getting to know my readers, other bloggers, and others in the online community. The goal of this blog is to provide awareness and education but also support and encouragement. Chronic illness may now be a part of our lives but it does not have to define us nor does it have to steal our joy and our hope! We are more than our illness! Our concept of “normal” may have to change after a diagnosis but we can still live with purpose and fulfillment!
Feel free to poke around and explore! You can check out my About Me page for more information or My Journey page that shares posts covering my journey with chronic illness! I would absolutely love to hear from you so you can feel free to find me on twitter, facebook, or drop me an email!
Be sure to stop by the Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness Wrap Up post & enter to win an EndoFemm hot/cold pack!