I'm in the midst of [the dreaded] finals period at Columbia and, during the past week, I've written close to 60 pages! Before this coming Thursday, I'll have given a presentation, taken a final exam and handed in three 20 page papers. Needless to say, my free time has been spent doing little else besides eating, sleeping, and bathing. Ordinarily my body intensely objects to this kind of treatment: the odd hours, the decrease in movement and sleep, the high levels of stress, the energy drinks, etc. To top it off, there has been rain nearly every day in New York City which is akin to kryptonite for people with rheumatic conditions. It's safe to say that my self-care is at a low right now, but surprisingly I'm doing fine!
I'm so glad that I received my Orencia infusion last week. While I experienced the usual pain and fatigue the day after, I truly believe it's now propelling me through these tough days. I'm beyond grateful for this relief; for each deep breath that I can take; for my increase in energy and my ability to keep up. While it may not not be this good forever, I have my life back right now and all is right with the world. Once I'm out for summer break and start treating my Fibromyalgia pain, it's exciting to think I may feel even better!
Thank you for sharing in my journey and for the constant encouragement and well-wishes. I hope you're all feeling well too and, as a thank you for being loyal readers, I have some pretty awesome giveaways lined up for the next few months. Also, don't forget about the giveaway that's currently going on: You could win a gorgeous print of your choice by the talented photographer (and my friend) Jodi McKee! Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST on May 2nd. Good luck!