Saturday, May 24, 2008

I am officially a blogger!

So . . . after much cajoling from friends (and months of stalking other blogs), I have finally taken the plunge and decided to start chronicling my journey to parenthood. I am officially a blogger!

Why “Lupus Pie”? Well, you see, I have lupus (obviously) and I’ve always thought “lupus” was a silly word, sort of like a combination of “loopy” and “dufus.” A few months ago, “lupus pie” popped into my head and settled there, because it occurred to me that lupus sounds like some sort of edible concoction – perhaps a pie one would see behind glass at a bakery. You know, like rhubarb or pecan or some sort of meringue. But lupus, dreaded lupus, is the least tasty of all pies. It is the minced meat of the pie world. (As you are probably beginning to understand, my mind works in strange and mysterious ways. Please just humor me.)

For those of you not familiar with lupus, here is a quick run-down (courtesy of the Lupus Foundation of America, whose link you can find on the right side of this page):

“Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. Normally the body's immune system makes proteins called antibodies, to protect the body against viruses, bacteria, and other foreign materials. These foreign materials are called antigens.

“In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against itself. These antibodies -- called "auto-antibodies" (auto means 'self') -- cause inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body.

“Inflammation is considered the primary feature of lupus. Inflammation, which in Latin means "set on fire," is characterized by pain, heat, redness, swelling and loss of function, either on the inside or on the outside of the body (or both).
“For most people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems. Although epidemiological data on lupus is limited, studies suggest that more than 16,000 Americans develop lupus each year.

“The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) estimates between 1.5 - 2 million Americans have a form of lupus, but the actual number may be higher. More than 90 percent of people with lupus are women. Symptoms and diagnosis occur most often when women are in their child-bearing years, between the ages of 15 and 45.”

Lucky me, I was diagnosed with lupus at age 33, just as I was trying desperately to conceive a child. Within six months of my diagnosis, I was forced to take a leave of absence from my (extremely stressful, but high-paying) job. Starved for intellectual stimulation and social interaction, I took solace in the internet world, stalking chat rooms and blogs. I read about others coping with lupus and/or infertility, and I discovered an amazing community of families who are adopting, or have adopted, internationally.

So many people who I’ve never met - who don’t even know I exist - have been an incredible source of strength for me over the last several months. Through this blog, I hope I might serve as an inspiration to others struggling with lupus, trying to overcome infertility, and / or embarking on the adoption journey of a lifetime.

To those of you who know me in real life, I hope this blog will function as an alternative to my incessant (and likely annoying) emails about my ongoing struggles. If you want to know what’s up with me, just read my blog. If you are (understandably) sick of hearing all the tedious details of my lupus symptoms, ovary / uterine performance, and adoption ramblings, then don’t read my blog. It’s that simple. Oh, and don’t be afraid to leave a comment and/or email me. I need all the support I can get right now.

118 comments:

Emma said...

Hey DC!!

Love your blog! I have thought of doing it so many times, but was intimidated by the time commitment. I suppose that once you're set up, it's just a matter of posting your daily (or weekly, depending on how often you like to post) thoughts. I will definitely be visiting your blog and cheering you along, babe!

fully operational battle station said...

Welcome to blogging land! It's a highly addictive and sometimes dangerous job, but somebody's got to do it. I'm glad you've started. :)

Jamie

Wordgirl said...

Hi DC,

I can't wait to read more -- I hope that blogging serves as powerful an outlet for you as it has for me-- an outlet, a source of support, a lifeline of sorts really -- thank you so much for delurking on my blog -- I"m thrilled to meet you and to follow your journey...I'll be posting a link to lupuspie as soon as I can!


PAM

Rebeccah said...

Hi DC! I've added you to my blogroll because wow, what a journey you're on! (It's bad enough being a lawyer without all the rest of it, eh?) We have good friends who are paper pregnant waiting for siblings from Ethiopia, so I'll definitely be checking in to see how things go for you. Welcome to blogland, and best of luck for your upcoming cycle : )

AlmostMrsJoyner said...

Hey DC!
Thanks for your comment on my blog. Im adopted myself and I plan to adopt (at least one) after my fiancee and I get married. Congratulations on your blog! It's a great semi-anonymous venting station! I'll be checking in daily as Im a habitual blog stalker myself! Good luck on your journey!

Io said...

Hello hello! Welcome to the blogospere! I'm glad you decided to come out of lurkerdom and join in. I look forward to following your journey! May it be short and not too f-ing horrible!

Stephanie said...

I lift you and your husband up in prayer. I also pray that this community is able to offer love and support, along with comfort on your journey!

I will continue to stalk you occasionally. :) Just wanted to give you heads-up. :)

Love, support and prayers!!

Karen said...

welcome to blogland! Just wanted to mention that PCOS Baby just adopted a child from Ethiopia, and you don't have her on your adoption blog roll, so I didn't know if you knew about her or not, so I thought you might want to check out her blog.

Steph said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog! I will be following yours to see your progress! I have found it have really helped me!

Thank you also for the encouragement of my upcoming egg retrieval. I am a little nervous but I figure it makes me one step closer to being a mommy!

pamela.ilovemcdreamy said...

Hi there,

Kudos with starting on your own blog! I, too, am on a break from a good-paying job, as infertility has taken over us with a bolt of frustration, anger, and whats not!

I'll be visiting your blog again and good luck on your journey.

xoxo

mybabyquest.wordpress.com said...

Welcome to blogging. I find it is a great place to get your thoughts out there.

I will follow your progress and wish you much luck.

Thanks for your comment at my blog.

Wishing 4 One said...

Hey welcome to the ever addicting land of blogging! Isn't it amazing how many people actually read our stuff, and this is you're first post, just wait.

Anyway, i had a very dear friend, a former boss actually, with Lupus, never asked her too much about it, but know I hope to find out a bit more.

About Ethiopia, good for you! Sending you best wishes and will be follwoing you're journey!

Smith Family said...

welcome to blogging! You will find it is totally addicting!
I am a big lurker, but not much of a commenter, but I wanted to say hello, good luck and I look forward to reading about your progress!
~jodi

Stacie said...

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. Thanks for the invitation to come over and see yours!

So, here I am to wish you well and say welcome to the totally addicting world of blogging!

Oh, and I'll be back! :-) (Us So. Cal girls gotta stick together!)

Clever Trevor said...

Hi there
Just thought I'd stop by and say thanks for the comments on my blog. It's going to be good to get to know each other in the blogging world.
Kim x

apronstringsemily said...

Good L*rd ... you've got a LOT on your plate!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad you've officially stepped into "blog land!" The people here are wonderful and are a source of extreme comfort ... especially on your worse days.

I'll be here cheering you on through your adoption and IVF journeys!

christina(apronstrings) said...

you will love blogging. it saved my soul. infertility and even adoption can be lonely. you can't just break out with "well, my eggs are crap" at dinner.
BTW, my RE told me my eggs were crap after the worst IVF stim response in the history of mankind, we started a donor cycle
...and well i am 25 weeks with a little conceived naturally with my own eggs. also, all genetic testing shows that this egg was pretty much that of someone much younger than me. so, there's a good egg in there. there is.

many of my blogger friends have become, what i at least hope to be, lifelong friends.

welcome to our world.

kate said...

Well, let me be the 18th person to say so, but welcome to blogland, and thanks for stopping by my blog to comment.
Lupus sucks ass. I don't have it myself, but I know plenty of people who do, the latest of whom is my boss, who is typically more of a friend than a boss (though if you've read my blog for any length of time, then you know that she definitely gets under my skin just like a normal boss...).

Anyway, I look forward to reading more about your road towards becoming a parent.
Cheers,
Kate

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the comment! Good luck on the adoption!

Katie said...

I will be thinking about you and your husband this week with your phone interviews! And welcome to blogging

InfertileMadWoman said...

Welcome to Blog world sweetie!!! I hape that your upcoming cycle is successful!! I look forward to reading you in the future, my grandmother had Lupus, and I remember how hard it was on her, so hang in there!!!

the Babychaser: said...

Mmm, lupus pie, mmmm.....

From this comment list, it looks like you de-lurked with a vengeance! Sorry life is shitting all over you. Isn't it amazing what you took for granted in all of your life planning, only to discover life doesn't always play by the rules?

Don't feel shy about blogging, or even about posting one whiney life-blows entry after another. I've been spewing crap like that for months, and people still seem to come by and prop me up. It's the ultimate, ultra-flexible, most amazing support group I could ever imagine.

Welcome, hon.

(Oh, and are you a lawyer from DC -- not exactly a dying breed -- or is your username a coincidence?)

PJ said...

Welcome to the blogosphere!!! It's interesting how internet friends can be so comforting when one is needing support. I started bloging when I donated my liver to a friend...then blogged through breast cancer...and chemotherapy! (Ugh!) Thank God, most symptoms are history -- except the neuropathy and reduced stamina -- but I'm still blogging! And love the friends I meet!! Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again. I'll be praying for your return to good health...or at least a symptom free life!! And I'll be following your journey1

Julie said...

Wow--18 comments on your first post! You must be setting a record :) I can't wait to hear more about your journey!

Jendeis said...

Hey DC! Welcome to the wonderful world of bloggers. Thanks so much for posting on my blog! Can't wait to hear more of your story. :)

Lori said...

Welcome to the world of blogging!

Welcome to the world of adoption!

I think you'll find both worlds very supportive.

I hope to "see" you again. Let's keep visiting each other!

chicklet said...

I luv when people de-lurk and come out. Yay for you! Welcome:-)

Baby Step said...

Welcome! I don't think I have ever had this many comments on my blog -- good job on the delurking! I will be checking back frequently.

Kymberli said...

I found you through NaComLeavMo! I'm looking forward to following along in your journey and I wish you much luck both with your upcoming cycle and your adoption. I have a co-worker who is also adopting from Ethiopia.

My husband has MS, which also is an autoimmune disease. I'll keep you in my prayers for everything!

Dr. Bad Ass said...

Hey DC -- Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. All the best as you dive into the blogosphere, as you make your way through the challenges life has thrown at you, as you navigate work and family and blogging. I'll stop by occasionally and see how things are coming along.

Thanks again for paying me a visit!

Pepper said...

Welcome to the Blogosphere! Blogging has really expanded my connections and support system and I hope it does the same for you. Also, I wanted to point out another blogger who's undergoing IVF while looking into adoption from Ethopia. You can find her on my blogroll under Pee-Sticks and Stones.

Fiddle1 said...

I am glad to see you've gotten such a hearty welcome! I'll join in and say I think you'll enjoy the blogging process, as intimidating as it can be. You have been on such an amazing journey, I just know you'll find the support you need. Thanks for sharing your story.

Nit said...

Hi! Welcome to the world of blogging...so far so good :)

I have a very close friend who also has Lupus & her strength and positivity amazes me.

Also, adoption is something my husband and I are also interested in.

I look forward to reading about your journey :)

La La said...

Welcome! I will be following along.

starsgoblue said...

Welcome to blogging. I think you'll find that having a place to write out (and work out) your thoughts is a great thing to have. Thank you for your comment at my blog!

E_Sharp said...

I love the way your mind works. I have always thought that lupus was a funny sounding word too.
And yes, mincemeat pie is no good.

Mrs.X said...

Hi DC! Welcome to blogging land. Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. Blogging has brought me a lot of peace and I hope that it helps you as well. Best of luck!

Nicky said...

Here through NaComLeavMo. Welcome to this odd little slice of the world! Hope you find as much strength in this community as so many others have.

Amy said...

Happy coming-out-of-the-lurkdom-closet day! I'll be following your journey and hoping for your children to find their way to you soon.

trish said...

You cracked me up with putting loopy and dufus together to create lupus. LOL!

I'll put you in my Google Reader, but I feel I should warn you that blogging is addictive and sucks your time!

susansmusings said...

Wow, you are having quite the blog-warming party! Are you totally hooked yet?

Anyways, let me be the 41st person to welcome you to the world of blogging. (and tell you that I love your sense of humor!)

Ginny said...

Welcome to blogging! Great information on Lupus. Whenever I hear about it, I always think of that girl that tried to hide having it on America's Next top model. I always thought she was courageous for the way she acted on the show. Stopping by for NaComLeavMo :)

peesticksandstones said...

Welcome! I'm bookmarking you right now, and looking forward to updates. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. It's great to know there are others involved w/ IVF and Ethiopia adoption (which we hope to get started with later this year... one day at a time for now, though).

momofonefornow said...

Hi. Congrats on the blog. I find mine to be very cathartic. Also, I am going to subscribe to your feed so that I can keep up with your apotion progress.

Sending good adoption thoughts your way!

Amanda said...

Thanks for the comment, and for reminding me that NaComLeavMo started today :)

Good luck becoming a mommy, I hope it happens soon!

Sam said...

Congrats on beginning a journey as a blogger. My aunt has lupus, my mother and I have fibromyalgia and I understand a little bit about the frustration that lupus brings. I hope you are able to achieve all your goals.

wanttobeamom said...

Wow! For your first blog entry you sure got a lot of comments... =) Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I'm sorry to hear about your struggles, but your adoption plans sound very exciting! Nice to meet you. =)

Heather Johnson said...

I found you through NaComLeavMo, and I'm glad I did. My mom has lupus, although she kept it secret from all of us for over 20 years. I look forward to hearing how your adoption procedures go ... I wish only the best for you.

beautycourage said...

Wow, you are quite a debutante- 48 comments on your first post! I'm so happy you started blogging, and I hope you find, as I have, that it is such a wonderful and supportive community of women. I am adding you to my Google Reader (which is the BEST, if you don't know about it already) and look forward to learning more about you and your journey. Ethiopia sounds like a wonderful choice. Have you started your homestudy yet? All the best, Dot.

Rebecca said...

Welcome to the blog world! It looks like you've been received here very well - I think I'm the 50th person to leave a comment!

I'm excited to follow your journey!

In Due Time said...

Welcome to blogland. :-)

luna said...

welcome to the blogosphere! it looks like you've made a lot of friends already. hope you find the outlet and support you need.

mommypause said...

IS your POF because of your POF? I was dx. with POF at age 31. I am the adoptive mom of two girls - both domestic infant adoptions and they make my heart smile every day. I wish you and you family the same sort of happiness.

Erin said...

I am so glad to see your new blog here! I will add you to my Bloglines and can't wait to hear more about both your TTC journey and also your adoption journey! If you have any questions about Ethiopian adoption, let me know!

E_Sharp said...

Great to meet you too!
I'm sure I'll be back to your blog!
How do you get so much traffic/comments???

Q said...

Hi DC!

Welcome to the addictive world of blogging. I hope you find it a helpful outlet. I know I do!

Thanks for commenting on my blog. And to answer your question - I hope I stay skinny everywhere but my belly... But I'm not planning my life around it. I still have a long ways to go, and I hope I won't have as much nausea to curb my appetite as I have so far. :)

Q said...

I knew you were kidding! :)

Amy said...

Holy Cow! You just started this blog, have one post and already have 58 comments! This has got to be a record! :)

This is Amy Bottomly... I just forwarded your email onto Carey from the Drew Carey Show about Blog Union 08!

Fun to follow your story! You are clearly muy popular.

C said...

Congratulations on your new blog! With so many comments on your first post, you have set the bar quite high for yourself. ;) All the best to you on your journey to motherhood.

sarah23 said...

Wow! When you start, you start BIG!! Thanks for your comment on my blog and for the invitation! Count me in!! I look forward to hearing about your parallel journies with both IVF and adoption. :)

theclam said...

Hi DC, thanks for stopping by my blog, your comment was much appreciated. Welcome to the blogosphere, you will find this a most cathartic experience and the support from the people is amazing! I am looking forward to sharing your journey with you and celebrating that BFP in June!!!

Take care
Sam
xxx

hairyfarmerfamily said...

Hello there, nice to meet you! Feel a bit sheepish saying welcome to bloggy world as I've only been going myself a few weeks - but it's certainly lotsa fun! Fingers crossed that your IVF and adoption plans move forward smoothly, I shall watch with interest!

oh2btigger said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! My husband and I have had an interesting drive down infertility lane. I won't try IVF or any serious infertility treatments. I did one cycle of clomid a few months ago and I was so emotionally charged and all! Never again. I won't do it to my husband or to myself.

I have several friends who have lupus. I thought it was a pretty common disease, but I donno...

Good luck with your IVF!

Katie said...

Via NaComLeavMo...
Congratulations on starting, you couldn't have chosen a better time I reckon. I know when I started after the first post I really didn't know what to write. With the knowledge that people will be visiting you I guess it'll be good incentive!

Alyson & Ford said...

Happy beginning of bloggy world and NaCommLeavMo! Thanks for stopping by my blog. My gosh - 64 comments!! Wow! We've been blogging since summer of 2005 and never had such readership!!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Alyson LID 01/27/06 (IA China)

Sam said...

Flippin' 'eck - that must be some record - 60-odd comments on your very very first post!!

You do realise that it's all downhill from now on!! ;-)

But, now that you have a solid readership you are committed to keep on blogging!!

I hope you have fun with it, I certainly have!

Psych Post Doc said...

Great first post. Welcome to blogging and thank you for the comment at my blog.

Isn't it pretty to think so said...

hi. Thank you for commenting on my blog, and it's so nice to meet you. I look forward to following your journey! :)

Lost in Space said...

Welcome to the blogosphere! I find it very therapeutic and addicting at the same time. It looks like you have found a great support system from your very first post. (:

My dad had MS, my DH has Crohns, and I have endo and IC (which are "suspected" auto-immune conditions). It sucks when our bodies won't operate how they were intended. ((hugs))

I wish you all the best in your journey.

korechronicles said...

Wow! So many comments and you've only just started - I'm impressed. Thanks for coming by and commenting on my blog. Wishing you well on your continuing journey to parenthood.

Carrie27 said...

Hey DC, thanks for leaving me some comments.

I wish you and your hubby luck on adopting, and can't wait to hear all about it.

Susan said...

Hello DC and welcome!!! I wish you the best of luck in your journey to a baby. Thank you for your comment!!!

seussgirl said...

Welcome! Thanks for commenting on my blog; I'll look forward to checking in on you in the future. :)

andrea said...

thank you so much for your kind words and i can't wait to hear more about your through your blog - so far i think you are an absoultly amazing person!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Welcome to blogging! I lurked for over 2 years before I took the plunge! I have only been blogging for 2 months but love it!

Your story is very inspirational. I know someone who has dealt with Lupus for over 20 years and I know it is not easy.

We are also on the adoption journey. We have completed a domestic adoption and are also waiting for our China Baby!

Come and say hello!

Lisa

kcmarie122 said...

Welcome to the community! I hope you find it as cathartic as most of us do on here!

Best of luck with your TTC journey!

Rachel said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Our preacher is currently adopting from Ethiopia as well.

Welcome to blog world!

al2o3cr said...

Hi!
Visiting you back from NaLeavComMo! Welcome to blogging and I look forward to reading more entries!

Amanda said...

Hi DC! Welcome to the blogosphere! I came here from NaComLeavMo!

ScientistMother said...

congratulations on starting your own blog! NaComLeavMo is awesome has its forcing me to delurk as well. I've only started mine recently and have found the comments to be SO helpful. I am sure you'll find the same from the blogosphere

Michelle said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by and checking out hubby's crazy dance video! Welcome to the blogosphere :)

Hope2morrow said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. I just started my own infertility blog about a month ago and am finding it to be a wonderful release! Best of luck on your journey! And Congratulations on completing your first post!

Brigindo said...

Hi DC

Welcome to the blogosphere. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment.

I'm totally with you on the sound of the word lupus and love the lupus pie title.

Good luck with blog and becoming a mom. I'll check in and see how you're doing.

Renee said...

Hi! Thanks for your comment on my blog. I wish you luck on your upcomming cycle and unfortunately I know all too well the struggles of infertility. What I can tell you though is that my adopted children are 100% mine and I feel they are mine and were meant to always be my children. I lack the experience of caring them in my womb but I definately carried them in my heart in the years before we were united and their adoption has been the most rewarding experience in my life!
Good Luck!
Renee

Eliza said...

Hi there from NaComLeavMo! I have three kids, but I also have an autosomal-dominant genetic syndrome that I have transmitted to all three, which is often (although so far in my case only) accompanied by "unspecified autoimmune disease." I didn't know until the third child was born sick and we finally landed at the geneticist's. I've been accused of having Lupus. I've been disproved of having Lupus. I've been clinically diagnosed with Lupus. I've been empirically diagnosed as having "sero-negative post-staph (MRSA in my case) rheumatoid phenomenon." Whatever the hell that is. So I hear ya on the chronic illness, and am always willing to listen to the rest, too ;)

SheWoreScarletBegonias said...

Hi there!
Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your support!! I hope you find some peace within by blogging. It has helped me a ton to be able to get all the craziness thats in my head down on paper (well virtual paper anyway).
I'm adding you to my list of blogs I read and I'll be following your journey!
Jenn

Deb said...

dc - thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for the congrats on the diet (today was tough cause we went to a cookout and there was PIE and I mean real PIE not lupus pie) and the good thought for the hubby.

Someone I used to work with (a woman thereby lending more credence to the stats) had a mild form of lupus so I do know how hard it can be for someone afflicted with it. You seem to be armed with all the info you need to help get yourself through the tough times with the lupus and the adoption process. I hope for nothing but easy times of course, but know we Internets are always here to lend an ear or a shoulder or tip our glasses in congratulations whenever necessary.

Looking forward to reading more about your journey.

Deb

judy said...

OMG 87 comments already! I am the tree hugger that you commented to. I wanted to let you know that I have sarcoidosis, which is an auto-immune disease and one of the factors of my hard time making a family.
I am going to enjoy reading you for a long time to come.

sadnessoreuphoria said...

Hello DC. Thanks for visiting my blog and sending your encouragement -- and indignation! I wish you wonderful luck on your June IVF -- and on your adoption too. Now I'm going to add you to my blogroll and stalk you! But in a nice way.

A friend of mine also has lupus, it's a bitch. I'm sorry you have to face that on top of POV. Either one is bad enough.

Panamahat said...

Hi DC, thanks for dropping by to my site. Looks like we are joining the blogging community at the same time! I am looking forward to hearing a lot more about your adoption process, and see how different it is to the Australian way.

Thank you for the detail description of lupus- I have been aware of it for a while but it is always good to get a deeper understanding. I am so sorry you have to deal with that, it must be a total PITA, not to mention devastating for your TTC journey.

Must rush off and take DH to work.
See you around the traps...

Deb said...

Yes your right ... that was not helpful :P

But cucumbers are just as good ;)

Luv luv luv the pic of what i am assuming is you and the hubby.
I hope your phone consults go well this week. Keep us posted!!

Busted said...

Welcome to the blogosphere! I'm looking forward to reading about your journey. You have an amazing amount of strength and positivity. Best of luck to you!

JJ said...

Wow, quite a PARTY going on over here in your blog--glad I came for the festivities! I am a NaComLeavMo'er too--and wanted to wish you the best in your upcoming IVF!
Looking forward to reading more about your journey!

Nick Brophy & Sarah Marie Martin said...

best of luck with your decision making! i am a hard core professional as well, so the kid thang has been a big change. i can't even describe to you how in love with ash and eyerus i am - it was almost instanteous. email me any time. we won't be a the blog convention but my sister lives in LA and is friendly with Drew and Carey. wishing you warm thoughts! sarah marie www.martinbrophy.blogspot.com

Good and plenty said...

Congrats on joining the blog community and thanks for visiting my blog.
My sister was diagnosed with lupus in her early 20s and so was my best friend from high school. Sis got pregnant in her early 40s and her daughter is now 13 years old. She also adopted a son about 8 years ago. Despite having chemo therapy, hip replacement, and battling with the side effects of prednisone, sister has been a teacher and active. She says she is going to "wear out not rust out."
I hold her in the highest awe and esteem. For many years I felt wracked with guilt that she had lupus and I didn't. Having the same mother, father and being raised in the same environment, I wondered at the capriousness of her having it and not me.
Now I just love her and try to be as supportive as I can from a distance.
Other cousins have the disease and related ailments. Lupus is particularly strong in my adopted town of Boston.
I pray that a cure for this disease is found.
I look forward to hearing about your adoption journey.

Danni and Tommy said...

Wow! You have 98 comments on ONE post! I have to help push you over 100 :) I really love your first post and can't wait to read more. Welcome to the adoption blog world!
Cheers,
Danni and Judah

Danni and Tommy said...

Apparently I'm number challenged.

surpriseofunfolding said...

What a welcome to the blogging world - let me add my hello also! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

It sounds like you have alot on your plate - I'm sorry to hear of all the battles you are fighting (hugs). At the same time it is so exciting that you plan to adopt from Ethiopia! I'll be sending you lots of healthy thoughts and wishing you all the best in your journeys.

**susy** said...

welcome to blogging!! hopefully your new journey will bring you exactly what you want!! nd while you get there, we'll be here w/ you!

Jocelyn said...

Welcome to the blog world!! I saw your comment on the Walker's blog...we traveled to Ethiopia together to bring our children home!! I have a sort of sister (might as well be) that has Lupus and was diagnosed during her first pregnancy. You will find so much support in this blog world for adoption, infertility and even for Lupus!! I am excited to follow your journey.

K @ ourboxofrain said...

Welcome to the blogosphere, and thanks for the comment! I hope your journey in creating the family you want goes smoothly and brings you much happiness. Out of curiosity, what made you decide on Ethiopia?

Vanessa said...

Wow! You have got a LOT going on! Best of luck with the IVF and/or adoption process! I know it can be a tough time, my husband's boss just adopted a child in January, and they went through a lot to get there, but now they have a beautiful little girl!

Thanks for leaving me a comment!


Here for NLCM!

smartypants said...

Welcome to the blogging community. It is really quite fabulous (and addicting)! Hope to read more and hear more from you in the coming days, weeks, months, whatever.

baby~amore' said...

I'm here from NaComLeavCom

I straddle the realms of long term infertility, adoption, pregnancy loss and IVF over 15 year span. I have been bogging for 1 year and I have never had 100 comments.

I hope your dream to be parents is soon realised by adoption or IVF. I wish I knew some thing else earnest to say.

My Little Drummer boys

Fishouttawater said...

YAY, YOU!!! Congratulations on the success of your new blog. I can tell you are already finding that it can be a great source of support and encouragement. I bet you're going to love blogging!

The Town Criers said...

This is one of the warmest welcomes I've ever seen! I'm so glad you're here.

hopeful #1 said...

Yea, welcome to the blogsophere!!!!

Rebecca said...

Welcome to the bloggy world. Blogging is fun. Just take your time, decide what you're willing to share -- and what you won't share, and have FUN!

Heather.PNR said...

Wow, woman--how did so many people find you on your first post?!? If only all bloggers were so lucky!

Best wishes to you on your adoption journey. Both of my kids joined our family through adoption (domestic) and it's been a wonderful, wonderful thing.

Meg said...

Welcome to Blogtown!
I'm loving NLCM because it's introducing me to all kinds of new wonderful folks!

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