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The Longest Blogging Break Ever

So, this is sort of awkward. I’ve been writing this post in my head for two weeks, but now that I’m sitting here, staring at an empty post for the first time in almost a year, my mind is as blank as the screen in front of me. Nine months. That’s a long time to disappear. I could have had a baby in that amount of time. (I didn’t, thank goodness, but still.) I’m feeling a little rusty, so bear with me while I try to explain all this. It’s not particularly easy, and with my tendency to be more than a little long-winded, this could take a while.

I suppose it all started last April when I began to go through what I believe can only be described as an Extremely Early Mid-life Crisis. (Evidence here.) This prompted me to begin evaluating all of the pieces of my life, especially my hobbies, in terms of where-will-this-take-me-in-the-future and am-I-just-wasting-my-time-here. (You can probably guess where I’m headed with this.) Blogging has and probably always will be just a hobby for me. In the beginning, I loved every part of it – the preservation of our memories, the incentive to take better photos, the excitement of receiving a comment on a post – but over time that love started to fade a bit. So when I began trying to determine what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I realized I didn’t want blogging to take up as much of my time as it had been. I only planned to cut back, not to stop completely, but then something happened that halted my Extremely Early Mid-life Crisis before it had even picked up enough steam to actually take me anywhere. I got sick. Not just cough-sneeze, better-in-a-week sick, but sick-sick.

The Longest Blogging Break Ever

I don’t talk about it often, even with close friends, but I’ve been sick for a long time. Like almost 10 years. What started with cosmetic symptoms that went largely ignored by doctors (but certainly not by me and my vanity) eventually turned into a full blown illness causing a wide range of things from early-onset osteoporosis to relentless insomnia to hormonal imbalances. With each new symptom, I coped by adjusting my life to compensate for it because nothing we tried medically was doing anything to help. I was racking up quite the list of health issues for someone in my 20’s and becoming more than a little jaded by the ineffectiveness of the treatments I was receiving, so when we moved to London, I just stopped trying. I stopped seeing doctors, stopped taking medications and supplements, and just tried to enjoy our new life here as medically-free as I could. And for a while nothing changed, I got no worse or better. Until the day I did.

I can almost pinpoint the day it happened. It was like I woke up and had aged 50 years overnight. I tried to brush it off as just a rough night, which is common for me, but I could tell something had changed. And each day after that I continued to get a little worse to the point where I could hardly stand up without passing out or eat without being sick. I was losing weight, dealing with heart issues, and losing my hair so fast that Cory was regularly pulling rat-sized gobs of it out of our shower drain. (I couldn’t do it myself – it was too traumatic.) But it wasn’t until my brain began being affected that I really and truly started to worry. I’d dealt with a foggy memory for years due to lack of sleep, but this was something else. This was causing me to forget things I should never, ever forget and was, by far, the most disturbing symptom on my ever-expanding list. After two months of going on like this, I was starting to worry that I might actually die while I waited to get specialist appointments on the NHS, so we made the decision to switch to private, and finally, FINALLY we started to get somewhere.

It took multiple specialists before I landed in the hands of a gastroenterology specialist who, after extensive (read: highly invasive) testing, determined that the reason nearly every system in my body was turning against me is because I am not absorbing nutrients from my food. Or at least not absorbing them well. The nutrients I am able to absorb are only being delivered to the most essential systems in my body, which explains why early-on my only symptoms were cosmetic, but as time progressed, more and more systems began to be affected. (This is where I have to try really hard not to get angry because if someone had listened to me back in 2007, all of this might have been prevented!) The other problem is, determining exactly why I have absorption issues has been more than a little difficult to diagnose. Until we understand this crucial piece of the puzzle, all they can do for me is alleviate symptoms and attempt to feed my body what it needs through alternate methods ranging from potent mineral baths (pleasant) to sitting in a hospital room for hours while a rusty bag of liquid slowly drips into my veins (not as pleasant) to keeping me on a diet Satan himself must have created (definitely not pleasant). It’s not easy, but I am trying to be patient and remain hopeful that we are on the right path.

The Longest Blogging Break Ever

During all of this, I abandoned my goal to decide on a career path within the year so I could concentrate on my health which absolutely needed to take precedence and still does. But I quit blogging, too, because I was too tired and mentally drained to maintain the perky, happy presence I have here, and it wouldn’t have felt honest to go on writing like nothing else was going on. Even though I am not “out of the woods” yet, or whatever you want to call it, I am feeling positive enough now that I’m ready to bring this hobby back into my life, at least to some degree, because I do miss it. A lot. But it wasn’t always that way. Over the past nine months my feelings towards blogging have felt a little something like this…

Month 1: Look at all this free time I have when I’m not blogging – this is awesome!! I love not blogging!

Months 2-3: Why am I still forming blog posts in my head ALL THE TIME? How do I make this stop?!

Month 4: If I’m already writing the posts in my head, why don’t I just go ahead and start blogging again?

Month 5: After looking at a blank screen for 20 minutes. Yep, definitely not ready to start blogging again.

Month 6-7: I miss blogging. I need to blog about missing blogging.

Month 8: Nope. There’s just no way I’ll ever be able to write about everything we’ve done. Better just to forget about blogging altogether.

Month 9: Crap. I’m going to start blogging again.

So here I am, a little overwhelmed at the thought of tackling nine months worth of memories and travels. I might have quit blogging, and reading books, and learning languages, and working out, and many other things I used to love, but the one thing I refused to give up was traveling. How often I go and how much I’m capable of doing while there has certainly changed, but the anticipation of an upcoming trip and the enjoyment of arriving in a new destination have been the bright spots in an otherwise extremely difficult year, so I’m very grateful I’ve still had the opportunity to see so many new places. So many, actually, that when it comes to writing about them, “catching up” in any ordinary amount of time would be impossible. Even if I stopped traveling, it would still take me years to share everything we’ve seen, and clearly I’m not going to do that. :) I’m not sure yet how I’m going to do it, but I’d like to figure out a way to share about everything I missed while still keeping current, too. Bear with me while I get all that sorted.

The Longest Blogging Break Ever

In other news that no longer seems like news because it happened so long ago, about a month after I wrote my last post, Cory was offered a year extension on his contract in London and we took it. So our three years in London have now turned into four! It feels a little weird knowing we were supposed to be heading back to the US this summer, but I’m delighted by the prospect of an extra year of opportunities to travel through Europe. It’s a trade-off, for sure, because we do miss our families and friends back home, but it feels like the right decision.

As much as we love living in Chiswick, three years is a long time to live anywhere so we will be moving closer into central London in June when our current lease is up. I can’t wait to be closer to the city. There are benefits to living on the outskirts, for sure, but I’m looking forward to not having to travel so far to see and do all the fun things that are constantly popping up in London. (I am not looking forward to the flat-hunt, though. The first time we did that was pretty much the most stressful day I’ve ever spent in London!) And since Lexie will be starting high school in the fall (what?!), we have decided to switch her back to an American-style curriculum to make the transition easier when we return to the States. Her application at our top choice American School was accepted last week, so it’s looking like our last year in London will be full of all kinds of fresh starts and new experiences. It feels good to shake things up a little bit!

And that about brings us up to speed here. Besides my health and some pretty amazing trips, it’s been an uneventful year. (I suppose that’s typically the case when you hardly ever leave the house anymore – ha!) I’m really excited to be back writing here, and don’t worry – this will be the first and last time I write about my health situation. This blog is not the place I want to be talking about stuff like that, but I felt you all deserved a truthful explanation for why I just took the longest (unintentional) blogging break ever. Thanks for still sticking around!

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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    March 1, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Blogging wasn’t the same without your smile! Xx

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:34 AM

      You’re too kind. Thanks for helping motivate me to get back into this! xx

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    Sarah Chant
    March 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Welcome back! Excited to get to know you through your blog :)

    • Reply
      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:33 AM

      Thanks so much, Sarah! Hopefully it won’t be another 9 months before my next post. ;)

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    Sue Read (Sue Read ART)
    March 1, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Poor you. The internet is great for portraying a perfect life, but very few actually have that. I had ME for 13 years and cured mine by realising there was an adrenaline connection and did something called the Lightning process. It took hard work and commitment but I brain trained myself back to health. Have a look at it. Adrenaline affects the body in so many ways and if you have a sensitive emotional nervous system, I wouldn’t mind betting this has some implication. Get in touch if need more info.
    Best Wishes
    Sue

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:12 AM

      I don’t think there is such a thing as a perfect life, actually. And anyone striving for one is never going to be happy. A fun life or a happy one or a good one – I think those are much more attainable goals and that’s what I try to shoot for. :) I will check out the information you sent me this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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    Dannielle @ Chicadeedee
    March 1, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Doctors can be the pitts. I think you guys defo made the right decision to go private though because at the end of it you’ve got more understanding of what’s going on without the long waits. I’m so glad you’re back, I’ve missed your voice and fabulous photos :)

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      I waited two months just to hear I had an appointment with an endocrinologist through the NHS. When they told me that appointment was still another 8 weeks out, I gave up. I just couldn’t imagine doing that every time I needed to see someone new. Private definitely makes the process much quicker, but man is it costly. I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the long run, though!

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    Anna Jackson
    March 1, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    I can’t believe Lexie is going to be in high school. Wow.
    So sorry to hear about your health issues. That sucks. I hope they can figure it out and you can fully recover and get to feeling like yourself again. Love and miss y’all! But I sure don’t blame you for spending another year away from this crazy place!

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:29 AM

      I’m not nearly as political as you, but after watching some of the results roll in, I think I’d be okay with living overseas, maybe on my own private island, for the rest of my life. :) Thanks for your comments. Hopefully we’re on the right track and I’ll be back to normal before too long. Love and miss you, too!

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    Amy | Waves + Roots
    March 1, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Oh, Sarah… I have so many things I want to say, but as a fellow long-wind-er I’ll try and keep it less than novel length! First of all, thank you so much for sharing what’s been going on! I can only imagine how hard it is to talk about something so personal, especially to people like me who are essentially, strangers. You owe absolutely no one an explanation for your absence, but I’m glad you’ve chosen to say something! Second, I am sending you the biggest virtual hug ever! I had no idea you were going through this, and as someone who has been dealing [off and on] with a “mystery illness” since I was about 14, I know how stressful and frustrating, and at times infuriating it can be to be suffering and yet no one can figure out why and how to fix it. But, I’m happy to hear they’ve been able to find some sort of treatment to help you manage the symptoms, as unpleasant as it may be, lol. And last, I’m so glad you’ve decided to come back to your blog! I’ve really missed reading your posts and enjoying your photos [in full size, anyways!]. Don’t worry too much about tackling everything or getting all caught up, you’ll figure it out. Just do what feels right to you, it’s YOUR blog after all ;)
    Sending lots of positive vibes your way!!

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:08 AM

      Thank you so much for your comment, Amy! I love the long ones. :) I’ve never been very good at sharing my personal stuff here, but I always feel much better doing it when I receive comments like yours in return. I am so sorry you’ve been suffering from a difficult to diagnose illness, too. One thing I’ve discovered through (probably way too much) internet research over the past year is that there are thousands of people dealing with undiagnosed diseases. I find this both encouraging and discouraging. Encouraging because it helps to know there are a lot of people who are in the same boat (if not from the same illness, at least in the respect that their doctors are stumped, too), but it’s a little discouraging, too, because this is 2016 and if we can practically build a human from scratch, why is discovering what’s going on inside one so difficult? Okay, rant over. :)

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        Amy | Waves + Roots
        March 3, 2016 at 1:58 PM

        I know what you mean! I have a few *crazy* theories about some of that, lol, but after working as a pharmacy technician for 10 years, I know how complex the world of health and medicine is and how often there is never just a single correct answer. As for me, it seems I am just really good at passing tests… It’s always very obvious in x-rays, MRIs, and other physical examinations that something is going on, but when they run blood work and other tests to try and find out what’s causing it all, everything comes back negative or inconclusive. I’ve heard, “Well I can SEE that something is very wrong, but your blood work is fine, so… ¯_(ツ)_/¯ … “, so many times it’s almost become a bit of a joke. I did manage to fail a primary test a few years ago which led me to a specialist who FINALLY said, “Look. Based on your history and obvious symptoms, I am 99% sure this is what’s going on and I don’t care what your blood work says” and unofficially diagnosed me with a “pre-disease” that may or may not develop into an actual disease. So for now, I’m just stuck in this gray area of treating my symptoms when they randomly flare up and waiting to see if things get worse. FUN!! But at least I finally have some sort of idea of what’s going on [basically, my body is attacking itself. Probably.] and know that every other doctor I had seen in the 10 years prior to this one was looking at things from the wrong angle. I guess my point of all this is [ugh, a book again! So sorry!], sometimes it just takes finding the right person to figure it out. If the first doctor can’t do it, move on to the next, and then another if you have to, and another, and so on. Eventually, someone will have that “lightbulb moment” or will see something the others missed. In your case, 8 weeks is a ridiculous amount of time just to hear you can meet with a different practitioner and I’m so glad you’ve been able to switch to private care to get better/quicker care. I hope they find that missing piece for you soon so you can get back to a more normal life :)

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          Sarah Shumate
          March 4, 2016 at 10:10 AM

          “Well I can SEE that something is very wrong, but your blood work is fine, so…”

          Boy, can I relate to that! It sounds like you have some sort of autoimmune disease, right? I have been tested for quite a few of those (the obvious ones), but none have been “the one”. I am really glad you found a doctor willing to treat you regardless of what your blood results were. I wish I could find someone here willing to think outside the rigid rules they were taught in medical school. I have considered functional medicine, but am not sure how to find the right person in that field because with it not being nearly as regulated, I’m sure there are quite a few quacks out there willing to waste my time! As for now, I’m sticking with the doctors I’m currently seeing and crossing my fingers they’ll eventually land on something that is a cure vs just a bandaid!

          • Amy | Waves + Roots
            March 4, 2016 at 1:58 PM

            Similar to autoimmune, it’s more of an “autoinflammatory” group of diseases called, spondyloarthritis. The one I have falls into this weird gray “unclassified” area that is frequently misdiagnosed because it’s not well known and doesn’t meet the usual criteria for a more definitive diagnosis. It’s possible that it will develop into a more well-defined form, but until then, since it’s pretty much unrecognized by most health care providers [including insurance, yay!], my doctor chose to keep me “unofficially diagnosed”. Which basically meant, “here’s what I think we’re dealing with, here’s how you can manage the symptoms, call me if it gets worse”, which thankfully, it hasn’t yet. But that was about the extent of his treatment lol

            I’ve considered alternative medicine at times, but like you I’m hesitant because it’s not well regulated. There’s so much conflicting information, I don’t know how you would even go about finding a quality provider… From what you’ve told me, it sounds like your current doctors are on the right track. A “bandaid” might not be ideal in the long run, but I’m happy it’s working well enough to get you back to doing the things you love like, traveling :) I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, too and hope someone has that “AH-HA!” moment soon!

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    Jenn
    March 1, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    YAY!! Glad to see that you are back! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been suffering health wise these last few months :( that is never fun and definitely frustrating!

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:41 AM

      Thanks, Jenn! It’s definitely frustrating, but hopefully everything will only get better from here!

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    topchelseagirl
    March 1, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    I’ve missed you – I was even contemplating emailing you a month or two back to see if you were ok. Sorry to hear you’ve been so sick, but glad to hear you’re feeling more positive and are back with us. You can post as much or as little as you want with blogging, so don’t feel any pressure, do what you can. Great to hear that you are staying here another year too. x

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:25 AM

      I’m so glad you’re still here! And thank you for thinking about me while I was gone. I’m really happy to have another year here, too. Especially since the last one was so rough!

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    Anna Parker
    March 1, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    I really hope you are on the mend, there’s going to be no writers block after 9 months of trips – capture the good memories!!

    • Reply
      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:26 AM

      Ha! I just said that to a friend the other day. I am definitely not at risk of running out of content for a VERY long time!

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    Anna
    March 1, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Welcome back. I don’t blame you for taking a break and you know that I know how hard it is to write about it and be so open. I can’t believe you’ve been through so much this year (and beyond) but I agree with everyone else it is WONDERFUL to see you back again. Can’t wait to read about all the good times and I really hope the treatment helps. Loads of hugs from NZ x

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:41 AM

      Thanks, Anna. Health issues are nothing compared to what you’ve gone through this past year, though. I’ve thought about you often. It makes me so happy to see you back to blogging, too! :)

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    Diana Bockus
    March 2, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    I’ve been thinking about you and check in from time to time! I’m so sorry to hear about your health but I’m very happy that it’s getting worked on. Congrats on the extra year – can I say I can’t believe you’ve already been there for three years! I remember when you were moving from Tennessee! Time flies. I’ll be thinking and praying for you!

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:46 AM

      Gosh, you and me both. I just can’t believe that had we not signed up for an extra year, it would already be time for us to return to Nashville. We’ve already lived here almost as long as we lived in Nashville – that blows my mind because I felt like I was in Nashville for a really long time, but it feels like we’ve only been here for a year or something. Crazy how time can pass so differently in different places or stages of life.

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    Romeo
    March 2, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    So happy to hear you have a plan to getting back to yourself. Gosh, when we met you, we thought you were an angel, can’t imagine how sweet you are at 100%. Looking forward to more of your journey.

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:31 AM

      When I met you guys, I’d been in the hospital just five days before, so you definitely didn’t catch me at my best. :) We’ll have to plan a Viking Reunion in the future. :)

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    stephanie
    March 2, 2016 at 3:17 AM

    I had wondered what was going on- I am so sorry to hear it but so glad at least you’re making strides and now you have a fuzzy this is what is wrong vs where you were 9 months ago. It sounds like your next year will be amazing and you have so much on your plate! I love getting to follow along on your adventures. And Lexie in H.S.?! I don’t believe it! Time is flying isn’t it?!

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 3, 2016 at 8:50 AM

      It really is. At this rate, 2020 (Lexie’s graduation year) is going to be here before we know it. :( I have very conflicted feelings about all this. :)

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    Joyce Fetter
    March 3, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    I was so happy to see a blog post from you! I’m sorry about all that you’ve been through health-wise this past year. Hopefully you can continue on this track of being able to figure out what is wrong and find a cure that works for you. I look forward to hearing about your next year in London – up near our old home!

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 4, 2016 at 10:17 AM

      Thanks so much, Joyce! I appreciate your thoughts! We’re pretty excited to try something new this year – I’m looking forward to a different location and some new scenery!

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    rorybore
    March 4, 2016 at 4:33 AM

    You’re back!!! But I am so sorry for all the health stuff you went through. I understand not wanting to write about it — I try to keep my blog somewhat “light” too. But know I’m sending you many get well and positive vibes! xx You’re back and you brought beautiful blooms and that just totally made my day! Can’t wait to get all caught up!

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 4, 2016 at 10:15 AM

      Thanks for your sweet comment. :) I wish I could say these blooms were what we’re currently looking at in London, but the top photo of the cherry blossoms is from our Rome trip a couple weeks ago and the other two photos are from spring in London a couple of years ago. Ha! We probably have a month or so before they look this full here, but I’m ready for them!!

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    Mandy Southgate
    March 6, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Welcome back Sarah! We definitely missed you on here and I thought about you a lot. Thank goodness for Instagram.

    I really relate to having a mystery illness and fighting the NHS for a diagnosis. Mine was hormonal and took about 4 years to get to the bottom of. Thankfully we did and I always refer to that time in 2011 as “When I Got My Life Back”. I wish that for you and I’m so glad to hear you’ve gone private. I’m sure this preliminary discovery is just the beginning and you’ll soon be on the road to recovery.

    In the meantime, take it slow and we’re thrilled to have you around for another year.

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 7, 2016 at 5:01 PM

      I’m so sorry you struggled for so long with your mystery illness, but it definitely gives me hope that you were eventually able to figure it out! I can’t wait for the day I can refer to all of this craziness in the past tense. That is going to be one HAPPY day. :)

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    Jessi @2feet1world
    March 7, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Wow wow… where to start. So sorry to hear you’ve been having all these issues and glad that you are at least starting to get to the bottom of them. Chronic health problems is so debilitating, mentally as well as physically! I’m so glad you’re back sharing your stories and gorgeous photographs, and I look forward to seeing what you fit in for another year of London-based adventures. Sending you LOTS and lots of positive thoughts x

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 8, 2016 at 1:46 PM

      Thank you so much for your happy thoughts, Jessi! It feels good to be back! :)

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    Kelly Michelle
    March 12, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Welcome back Sarah! So glad that you’ve taken up the blogging again…can’t wait to read more about your adventures especially that river cruise but remember if you need a blogging break due to your health, just do it! Your health is more important than blogging. xx

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM

      It’s going to be ages before I get around to writing about that cruise! Probably for the best since it was a Christmas market trip. No one wants to hear about that in the spring! :) And thanks for welcoming me back! I would definitely never let a hobby get in the way of taking care of my health, hence the 9 month break. Hopefully I won’t be needing one that long again, though!

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        Leanne
        March 15, 2016 at 1:25 PM

        Just found your blog through Kelly’s and while I doubt I’ll ever “catch up” I look forward to reading your new posts! I also have health issues and sometimes struggle to balance real life and blogging life but I’m sure you break has given you great perspective on that. Welcome back :) x

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          Sarah Shumate
          March 16, 2016 at 10:41 AM

          Hi Leanne! I’m so glad you clicked over from Kelly’s blog! She’s such a great girl. I’m sorry to hear you struggle with health issues as well. I know how frustrating it is to have your health hold you back from the things you like to do, so I sympathize. :)

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    Sand in my Suitcase
    April 20, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Glad you’re back :-). We’ve enjoyed your tales! And we look forward to reading more of them – and enjoying your photos!

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      Sarah Shumate
      April 21, 2016 at 9:19 AM

      Thanks so much, guys! I appreciate that! :)

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    Maria Cristina
    October 14, 2017 at 6:17 AM

    Now I get why you told me not to stop blogging… It’s a pity that you had to go through all of this. It must have been hard on you, but you definitely are a fighter! I’m so happy to see that you managed to somehow travel, to live your life the way you want and how your body cope with. I know it’s been a year since you posted this, so I want to ask you about how things went after that. Hope you’re doing well! Lots of hugs

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      Sarah Shumate
      October 15, 2017 at 2:37 AM

      Well, to be perfectly honest, nothing has changed much health-wise, but I’ve gotten more accustomed to living with a few limitations and I’m dealing with it all much better now. :) You are so kind to ask. Thank you.

      I hope you won’t stop blogging. For some of us, it’s so important that we do it. We need an avenue to share our stories and blogging is such a great one, open to anyone who feels the need or desire to write. Certainly for me, expressing myself in person has never been my forte, but writing, alone and on my own time, is so incredibly cathartic. I don’t doubt you know what I mean. So don’t give up!

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        Mrs. Match
        December 22, 2017 at 12:12 AM

        I’m just now catching up-I’ve been really spotty with reading other blogs these past few years. I had no idea you were struggling with so many health issues. I’m so sorry to hear that, and I’m sorry to read that it’s not much better, but I’m glad you’ve found your silver lining.I agree so much with what you replied to Maria. Blogging is so cathartic. I have often thought about quitting, especially as my career/personal life gets busier and busier, but I know I would miss it too much. It’s my journal as well, and I’ve “met” some amazing people out there along the way, like you. So glad you haven’t given it up!

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          Sarah Shumate
          December 23, 2017 at 4:27 PM

          I hear you. Reading blogs hasn’t been on my priority list like it once was either. I do like to sit down for binge sessions with a single blog every now and then and catch up, though! :)

          I believe you may have been blogging even longer than I have! It’s definitely worth it to keep writing, even if its less frequent now that other areas of your life have gotten busy. I know sometimes it can feel like an extra job, it certainly does for me anyway, but the times when I’ve taken a break for a long period of time, I’ve missed it tremendously!

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