My Blogiversary

May marks the sixth year I have been blogging at Mama Sick. This year I am finding the challenges of mental illness difficult to deal with.

Due to being depressed, I have had long occasions in which I did not post on my blog. I lost a lot of readers and advertising. I am angry and frustrated with my illness and wonder what this blog could have been had I not become very sick.

When I felt healthy and balanced and even when I was hypomanic, I was full of ideas for blog posts. Now I struggle to publish once a week and the writing has become more difficult.

Still, I will continue along, hoping things will get better, because I do love my blog and spreading it’s message. I will continue writing about chronic illnesses, seeking to erase the stigma of mental illness and writing about what being a disabled mom is like.

It doesn’t take much when someone gets ill to lose everything. When I got sick I was making a good living. When I was no longer able to work, I was forced to spend my savings and max out my credit cards. I want people to know that this could happen to anyone, and if you have your health you should thank God for it.

I also want healthy people to know that just because you look well doesn’t mean you feel well.

I want to thank my devoted readers for sticking with Mama Sick and I hope you will like my
Face Book page and share my posts with others who may need it. And not just for those who have chronic illnesses, but for those who are healthy and have never had a life-threatening, chronic illness.

Here’s to a hopefully better year.


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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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