So the blog was ignored. Last entry was May 1, 2010. I decided to delete the previous three entries because they didn't really have more than a list of projects I was working on at the time.
In July 2010, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a systemic autoimmune disease that affects people of all ages. To make a long story short, I had been having symptoms on and off for years that I only attribute to the RA in retrospect, and when I finally pushed for testing, several markers for an autoimmune disease were there. (In fact, my primary care doc thought it was Lupus at first; my rheumatologist is the one who felt it was more likely RA.) The most specific test to date (the anti-CCP antibody test) came back off the charts, both confirming that it was, indeed, RA and indicating that I will have an aggressive, progressive form. It would take a long time to talk about everything that led me to believe an autoimmune disease was brewing in my body, and I'm not ready to get that far into it right now. I'll save it for another day.
My knitting mojo has been coming and going over the past year or so, as it often has since I taught myself to knit about 4 years ago. Sometimes it hurts to knit, other times there's too much going on and I just can't focus. Either way, I'd like to write a bit about knitting and how it is affected by my RA.
The main reason I'm blogging now is because I need an outlet. I
That said, I'm hoping to share plenty of happy things here too. I don't want it to seem like I'm constantly complaining or that I don't appreciate the things I can do, the people in my life, etc. I want to chronicle the good things along with everything else, even if it's just to give myself something to smile about on a harder-than-usual day.