Hello! My name is Lauren, and I want to welcome to The Misadventures of a Spoonie!
My rheumatologist always says that my body didn’t read the handbook and doesn’t follow any rules. With many of my conditions not presenting themselves as “textbook”, I have encountered many hiccups in the healthcare system along the way. Between these tales and my experience as a benefits administrator, I hope I can help others navigate their way through health care and life with chronic illness.
Personally, I have ulcerative colitis, endometriosis, ovarian cyst (removed), thyroid cysts, arthritis, and additional undiagnosed issues. While on Remicade, I also began having drug-induced lupus symptoms, which have since stopped.
I am so thankful for my wonderful support system of my husband and our two cuddle-bug puppies. There are two reasons The Spoon Theory means so much to me: 1) It helped me realize that it’s okay to ask for help instead of borrowing spoons, and 2) it helped my husband further understand what I’m going through. He is a very logical person and the quantitative approach helped him comprehend my energy levels and symptoms beyond his initial understanding. He always checks-in on my spoons and helps support on tasks that really wear me out. When tasks do wear me down, I can always count on our pups to stay by my side when I’m stuck in bed.
Thank you for checking out my blog! I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!