What Silicon Valley Moms Group Meant to Me

For those of you in the blogoshere who do not know yet, the blog I am a part of, Silicon Valley Moms Group, has decided to close it’s network of 13 cities and over 400 writers.  I am saddened, because for the last two years plus, I very much enjoyed being a part of this venture, writing for New Jersey Moms Blog, and I realize what it has meant to me.

Let’s start at the beginning.  After I had to stop working because of  Lupus, my mind stopped thinking less technically and analytically, and started to think more introspectively and creatively.  And with Tyler a little over one-year-old, I certainly had a muse.  I learned that NJMB was looking for writers and contacted Jill Asher, one of the founding members.   She told me to send over two posts from my blog and she would let me know.  Only I didn’t have a blog.  And I had never written anything before.  I quickly wrote two essay-like pieces that had been running around in my brain and sent them over and was surprised when Jill said she would take me on.  A year later I had this blog up and running.  So I kind of did things backwards.

While my blog is meant to be mostly a day to day about my life as a chronically ill mom, my posts on Silicon Valley focused more on what a woman went through when a child entered her life and as she raised him or her, or more.  I wrote about things like potty training and getting Tyler to sleep in his own bed, and Postpartum Anxiety.  It was a link to the world where everyone is just a mom, dealing with their children at different stages.  Some posts, of course, focused on what it was like to have Lupus and raise a child, the financial difficulties that come with chronic illness, and the pain I feel about not having a second child because I am sick.

I will miss having a venue to educate other moms about my struggles, and I will miss the opportunity of being able to share the joys and sorrows of being a mom with a larger audience.

Most importantly, I will miss the amazing women who ran SVMG and the writers that contributed. And I want to thank the group for giving me my start in the blogging world.  I look forward to my future in blogging.

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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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