Hey, friends. This is just to let you know that the cytoscopy/hydrodistention on Friday was successful. I have been officially diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, and the hydrodistention has already caused a marked improvement of my pelvic pain. Unfortunately, my fibromyalgia is furious about all of this and I'm in the midst of a severe flare, so a lot of pain still. My mind does feel clearer than it has the past two weeks, though.
I've turned a corner, and I think, with this and with a functional medicine doctor helping me make a new fibromyalgia management plan, that I might even be able to get back to a relatively normal life by 2017. My goal is to be able to do the things I've always loved doing--to be able to finish editig COCA, to be able to keep up on this blog, to continue with grad school online, to start new writing projects, be an even better member of the Ch1Con team, and eventually get a job.
For right now, rest and recovery are taking center stage. My body very clearly needs it, and if I don't oblige, it'll bully me into it anyway. As such, once again, I won't be participating in NaNoWriMo. Next year, though, with any luck! Thanks for all your good thoughts, prayers, and support. I see real hope now for the first time in a while, which is fantastic.
See you again Tuesday, hopefully.
(P.S. Check out the newest feature on the Ch1Con website--a young author bookshelf! I'm proud of myself for being able to contribute to this, despite my current state, and I think it'll be a really great resource for people.)
I'm sorry for that last, silent week. I've been extremely sick with severe pelvic pain, in and out of the ER and Urgent Care and to doctors. We're fairly sure now that I have interstitial cystitis, a bladder inflammation disorder that shows up a lot with fibromyalgia, and that I went into a bad flare after a couple years without treatment and a less-than-favorable diet. To confirm, I'm having a cytoscopy on Friday. Basically my health is shot right now, and I feel awful, but I'm just trying to pull through. There is hope in sight.
It's time for "Waiting On" Wednesday! This is a feature begun by Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers share an upcoming book about which they are very excited. So here's the next yet-to-be-published YA/MG novel from the top of my TBR list!
All right, I think today would be a good day for a blog tag. I saw this one a while back on Paper Riot, and it looks kinda fun! Fifteen somewhat unusual personal questions that I shall answer forthwith.
1) A nickname you get called
"Kiwi" is the one that's stuck around the longest. I don't know how, but most of my friend groups have managed to stumble across it independent of each other. I guess I'm really reminiscent of a fuzzy fruit? My writing friends also like to call me "The Chosen One" as a joke, which I 100% accept.
2) A strange habit
I mean, I have OCD, so I have a lot of "strange habits" that in fact I have to rein in because they represent a larger and darker issue. They're not the ones you'd probably think of, though, when you think of OCD. Resist stereotypes, children! For me, trichotillomania's the most obvious symptom. Most my compulsions are more mental in nature.
Also, I think I'm addicted to sugar. *shrugs*
It's time for "Waiting On" Wednesday! This is a feature begun by Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers share an upcoming book about which they are very excited. So here's the next yet-to-be-published YA or MG novel from the top of my TBR list!
STARFALL (Starflight #2)
Releases 7 February 2017 from Disney-Hyperion
When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.
Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics—she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?
When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.
Info and image via Goodreads.
Sorry for not posting earlier this week. It's been a really bad one for me. Also in general. 2016 is a trash fire. Anyway, your prayers and good thoughts on my behalf would be greatly appreciated, as I'm struggling immensely with my fibromyalgia and associated depression right now.
So, in order to make up for all the awful, today I'm just going to post a bunch of adorable cats. Cats fix everything. Hug a cat today (unless you're allergic, you poor, poor human being), and I'll try to get back on track again for Tuesday (not quite).
Tis the season for orangey colors, falling leaves, and Halloween! I'm not a big fan of fall, thanks to the effect the cold has on my fibromyalgia, but there are things to love about it. October's a decent month. So here's your humor post to go along with it! See you again Tuesday (nope).
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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