End of year reflections | Monthly Resilience Report: December 2020

I started these reports thinking that they’d be a low pressure, fun way to document progress. That by the end of 2020, they’d help me warmly reflect on how far I’ve come from my spring AE relapse.

But the scary thing is that we’ve now arrived at the last day of the year, and the so-called “recovery” remains an elusive, faraway dream. I’m well aware that there are no guarantees when it comes to how well one recovers from AE; still, I had one promising, personal data point to draw from.  I weighted that one highest.

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Different highs, different lows | Monthly Resilience Report: November 2020

Good news! Bad news! Good news!

…and repeat!

Every week brought some different health surprises, the details of which matter much less than how I’m closing out this month (more on that later). Let’s just say that when there are multiple professionals on your healthcare team, the strain in coordinating communications and getting them on the same page becomes bloated.

Medical Chores Galore | Monthly Resilience Report: October 2020

Eat, make some calls, attend appointments, peruse medical journals, sleep, repeat.

Most days were an exhausting barrage of monotony, all in the name of attempting to move my medical recovery forward. It’s mind-boggling how much time can be consumed just coordinating medical logistics, not to mention the cognitive fatigue that arises from keeping tabs on multiple moving parts.

Hello hurricane season: Flying pillows edition | Monthly Resilience Report: September 2020

It’s been a tough month on the personal front, with several factors coalescing together to create a turbulent September. This won’t be my usual “Resilience Report”—there’s too much going on for me to allocate energy…

Spinning my wheels in the Texas heat | Monthly Resilience Report: August 2020

Just when you think you’ve landed on stable ground, you find your feet giving way to quicksand. At least, that’s been my journey with autoimmune encephalitis (AE).

Did I enjoy smooth waters on the heels of the improvements I mentioned last month? Nope!

Just meandering through the marathon of chronic illness life | Monthly Resilience Report: July 2020

Maybe you’re just here because you’ve heard me complain about relapsing, and want to find out if my Rituximab has kicked in yet. In that case, skip down to the last section.

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