The Very First One

Hello!  After a few months of hemming and hawing along with many life and health crises that I hope will make this blog interesting, I have decided to say To Hell With It and just get going!   I am just going to have to learn as I go because I just don’t feel like getting out a Book for Dummies any more.  

Although this is the first blog that has been all mine, I have been contributing for almost a year to New Jersey Moms Blog, a subsidiary of the Silicon Valley Moms Group and have done a few guest blog posts.  So, I’ve got some good experience blogging, but technically I am pretty clueless.

As you can tell from my blog’s name, mama is sick, very sick.  I’ve got Lupus and a host of other goodies, with Lupus being diagnosed shortly before my son, “Tyler’s,” second birthday.  My husband, “Grant,” is also ill, although to respect his privacy I will not be delving too much into his illnesses.  

I hope to appeal to parents with disabilities and chronic illness, chronically ill people who may wonder what it might be like to have children of their own, and all parents in general.  I have always described myself in 3 short words:  Mother, Wife, Sick.  I also hope to break down the prejudices of disabled and chronically ill people who do not appear to look sick.  Maybe to change some people’s perceptions about why someone who looks as if she is the picture of health might need a wheelchair or a disabled parking placard.  Lastly, I also hope to show people through my life how to be a better advocate for you and your family’s health, whether you are ill at present or what you need to know should something like this happen to you. 

Lastly, I will end with a Mom thing.  If  I am able to do it, I put Tyler to bed every night and thank God that I can.  The bed ritual includes rocking him, saying our prayers and talking about the good dreams he will have.  Tonight was one of those nights where my ever growing two-and-a-half-year-old seemed to fit perfectly in my arms once again, he fell asleep in a few minutes and stayed asleep when I put him in his toddler bed.  A parent’s hat trick for sure.

Thanks for coming to my blog and reading my first entry which I will probably question the quality of for the rest of my days!

Special thanks also to Jonathan Dingman of Fireside Media, who pronounced my blog seaworthy and said I just had to start blogging.

Here we go!





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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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