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.)
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