Well, it has been a very long time, hasn’t it? You may wonder where I’ve been…why no words of wisdom from the now 50-YEAR-OLD Julie?
The reason is that it has been a winter from Hell, and I will just leave it at that because my mother (RIP) always told me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, I should just say nothing.
But, here I am, ready to begin this strange past-time of blogging again, wondering if anything will fall out of my brain. I decided while on my walk today that I will begin by doing what is easy: posting what I have already written. Lame, I know, but let me explain.
Two years ago, I decided I knew exactly what would be helpful to other adults with CF, and I set out to write it up. I fondly titled this project my “CF Wellness Boot Camp.” The idea stemmed from the fact that most people with CF, and certainly all adults with CF, are increasingly thrust into what I like to term “exacerbation exasperation.” Say that five times as fast as you can. You know the game: you go about, living your life, doing what you do, feeling as good as you feel, and then WHAM, you are sick, need IV antibiotics, and essentially life must go on hold. Your body-your master- revolts, and you are its slave.
Three weeks later (and can I just get a hand here for Western medicine?) you are better. Your lungs are clear-or as clear as they get. You now have enough energy to shower. You look at your desk, your kids, your spouse/parter, your dog(s), your list of everything you were supposed to do back on the day before the aforementioned body revolt, the scale now reports that you are five lbs lighter… You take this all in, and the only thing you want to do is crawl back under the covers. Does this happen to you? It’s all so overwhelming, this re-immersion into your life. Whatever fitness progress you made before your illness is gone. The stress of being completely knocked down is replaced with the stress of getting up. At least, this has been my experience.
So, the plan for the Boot Camp was to outline a three-week plan (everything seems to come in blocks of three weeks) to begin anew and re-enter the world with some new, healthy habits to accompany those pristine (?) lungs. So I put on my wellness coach hat and began to write.
This was quite a project for me. I wrote for a couple of months until I was happy with the content. I then began to research how to make it into an e-book, put it on the website, and, generally, do all of the technical stuff that one must do in such a project. Roadblock. Big time. Julie is not “tech-y.”
Thank God for David Mahoney, though, because he really tried to help me. I was just not able to keep the ball rolling, and the project sat for two years, lost but not forgotten, on my hard drive.
So that brings me to my walk this morning. I want to blog again, so why not start by posting my 21-day plan? Maybe when it’s all up, I’ll figure out how to bundle it into a pdf and send it out instead of the fizzled out newsletter promise in the opt in box? Who knows?
So, as my favorite email come-on’s say, watch your inbox (for those who have opted in)! Tomorrow we begin the CF WELLNESS BOOT CAMP!
To your health….