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Bibliobeth On A Break.

Published October 23, 2017 by bibliobeth

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Hi everyone, hope you’re all well. I announced on Twitter a couple of weeks ago that I’d be taking a bit of a break from blogging and I just wanted to follow it up with this little post. I’m sure other bloggers would agree that blogging is sometimes like a second job – all the effort it takes to read books that are sent to you, write reviews, participate in blog tours, come up with fresh new ideas for posts etc etc and sometimes we all need to take a break.

Unfortunately, the reasons I have chosen to take a little breather are mainly personal and for health reasons. I haven’t had the best year health-wise with a number of different events happening coupled with my chronic illness, fibromyalgia which has been itself exacerbated by recent events which are completely unconnected! Phew! If you’re interested in reading more about that, I did a post on it fairly recently HERE. I’ve had a particularly traumatic time in the past five months in particular, which has led to a number of hospital procedures and stress for myself and my partner. Today I’m going in for an operation and some investigations so I will probably be on hiatus for at least the next week or so while I’m recovering from that.

I have been missing blogging so much and have already got itchy fingers to write another review (I’ve actually been composing one in my head!) but I need to wait till I’m one hundred percent ready and make sure I can come back and post on a regular basis. I’ve still been really enjoying all the posts from my fellow bloggers and will continue to read them, support them and re-tweet them whenever I can. I’ll still be somewhat active on bookstagram and Twitter so if you want to catch up with me there, you’re more than welcome to come and have a chat.

I miss blogging so much and will definitely be back as soon as I am able, I just wanted to write this little post to explain a little bit about what’s going on with me. Look forward to seeing you all soon round the blogosphere and take care everyone. xxxxx

 

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Personal Post – Blogging with Fibromyalgia

Published January 29, 2017 by bibliobeth

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Hi everyone, hope you’re having a lovely day! I’ve been meaning to write a post like this for a while but I’ve only just worked up the courage to do it. If you’re not into personal posts and are only here for the books, you can skip this I honestly won’t be offended. But if you’re interested…. if you’re a regular visitor to my blog you might wonder why I post so erratically – sometimes I can manage every day for a week, other times you may not hear from me for ten days? Well, unfortunately, just over six years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and hypermobility and it has changed my life completely.

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How can I describe fibromyalgia? Well, there’s a few choice words I’d LIKE to use, but I’ll keep it clean. Fibro is like a beast inside your body, constantly gnawing away at you, giving you no rest or comfort day or night. But less dramatically… fibro is a chronic illness with an unknown cause (as yet, although there are a few theories). It causes pain in many different regions of the body and comes with a host of different symptoms, not all of them I have but I’m unlucky to have a good chunk of them.

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Some people say there’s over sixty symptoms, some over one hundred. Basically, every thing that goes wrong with my body is explained by my doctor as “my fibro,” which can be kind of frustrating. How has it changed my life? I’m not the same person I used to be. I used to be really active, energetic, going to spin classes at the gym and loved socialising with my friends pre-fibro. Now, the only kind of exercise I can cope with is walking (20 mins tops), I can’t stand for long periods of time, I’m constantly beyond the usual level of tired and I’m in pain every. single. day. And social life – are you kidding me? I’m currently managing to work full-time as a biomedical scientist and I’m finding it really really tough. Many people with fibro either can’t work at all or can only work part-time. God knows how I’m doing it!

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One of the hardest things about fibro is when it affects my reading/blogging. I’ve got a humungous back log of reviews from literally over a year ago and when I’m feeling particularly bad, there’s no way I can sit down with my laptop and do a post. My brain and body just won’t let me. I am trying to make positive steps though – like my mini reviews, to catch up on that backlog which is working really well so far!

I’ve always been introverted, that’s for sure but I was just gaining a bit of confidence in myself before fibro hit which is a shame. Now I question everything – my work, friends, blog posts etc. Fibro really affects the way I speak and sometimes I really struggle for words or get them in the wrong order which makes me a bit scared and then I panic when I talk to people and feel the old “fibro fog,” descending which of course makes it worse!

I really am trying to stay positive about the whole thing and when it’s been six years… you kind of get used to it believe it or not! I just wanted to explain to any readers, publishers, authors others who are curious why I might be a bit slow at getting your reviews up or your books read. I am truly sorry and am trying my best, I absolutely love what I do and if I’ve agreed to read your book, trust me I WILL read it. (Failing that, if it’s been a year, maybe you should give me a little poke and remind me as my memory nowadays kind of sucks!) 😛

If you’ve read this far, thank you so much for reading/listening to my bunch of nonsense, it feels better just to get it out there. Thank you once again to everyone who comes to visit and reads my reviews, I honestly appreciate each and every one of you and long may it continue!! If you have any questions (or are a fellow sufferer yourself) I am happy to answer them, available in the usual places – here in the comments section, on Twitter @bibliobeth1, on Instagram and on Facebook. Take care everyone!

Beth xxxx

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