Thirty-five years of living life with rheumatoid arthritis boiled down into three-hundred and sixty-five days of tips, tricks, techniques and strategies.
Right from the beginning, I decided that this blog would be devoted to helping people live well with a debilitating and chronic disease. I didn't want it to be a rant nor a rave, except when I saw public areas where small improvements would mean great gains in accessibility.
As I write this last post, my hope is that this blog has served as a springboard for ways in which you can live well, in spite of a chronic disease.
To sum up this blogging year, I've spent close to eleven-hundred hours compiling, photographing, searching, linking, writing and responding.
I wrote to forty-four businesses whose products or services I endorse, asking for giveaways for my readers. A big round of applause to the following businesses who supported me - and in turn you - in providing their wares:
- Auntie Stress on My Givens and a Giveaway - a little shameless self-promotion! 🙂
- Authors on the Web on From Chopin and Beyond - Part 2
- The Body Mechanics Massage Therapy on Treat Yourself to a Dose of Massage Therapy
- Capital House Cleaning on Clean House, Happy Heart
- Dermal Therapy on Cracked Heels and Broken Bones
- Fiskars on Love and a Bypass Pruner
- L.L. Bean on What Suits You and Walk This Way
- Starfrit on Please Pass the Salt and Pepper, Rotato, Potato, Beets, A Gripping Tale - er - Tool and Peel Potatoes, Peel Potatoes
Of course, a giveaway wouldn't work if people didn't enter. Hats off to all of you who took the time to participate.
Special thanks go to Beth Havey (Boomer Highway), Dorlee M. (Social Work Career Development) and S. Emerson (Accrete Web Solutions) for being such consistent and loyal supporters through your numerous comments and tweets.
Everyone needs a Maarten in their life. You've seen a bit of his creative handiwork on this blog. I've run out of days or I'd show you a few more of his beautifully-crafted, functional pieces. Thank you for always surprising me with that just-right tool.
Words aren't enough to express my gratitude to Kathrin, but they will have to do. Every flame of an idea needs a spark; Kathrin's spark ignited this project. You dreamed bigger for me, setting the bar higher and allowing me the satisfaction of reaching it. A Rheumful of Tips was originally only thirty-three tips long. I distinctly remember wondering - or maybe that was whining 🙂 - how I could write "everyday for a whole year!" Whenever I wrote myself into a maze, Kathrin was there to artfully guide me out with her expertise and encouragement.
Finally, to the many readers who have carved out time out from your busy schedules to visit, consistently or periodically, I thank you. Your comments have helped to round out A Rheumful of Tips.
The English language sometimes lacks the exact word to convey what we mean. In French, "Adieu" means that you suspect that you will never again see the person, whereas "Au revoir" is "good-bye", but not "farewell". For now I will bid you "Au Revoir!" as new sparks are igniting to take my experience further.
I'm so glad we had this time together...