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my blog has moved!

Hello, friends!

Please note that I have moved my blog to Lifestyles of the Ill and (mostly) Blameless.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

PS: My twitter handle changed too. It is now @chr0nicbookworm. (note that the o in chronic is actually a zero).



2010 in review

thank you to my readers!


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 37 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 10 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 22nd with 112 views. The most popular post that day was One Lovely Blog Award!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were chronicbabe.com, twitter.com, gradstudentwithlupus.blogspot.com, fragileannie.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for grad student with lupus, all you can do is try to know who your friends are, medical students with lupus, trick or treat pranks, and all you can do is know who your friends are.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


One Lovely Blog Award! June 2010


Who Am I? June 2010


through the looking (or sometimes bulletproof) glass June 2010


what your doctor couldn’t tell you … June 2010


it’s supposed to be a “doctor-patient” not “doctor-disease” relationship June 2010

i still love you

Dear lovely readers,

I have been getting some “are you still alive?!” letters. Yes, I’m still alive!

My apologies for the sudden disappearance. I have been stressed out with finals, packing to move, and I no longer have working Internet at my apartment.

Breakfast Club will be suspended for awhile due to the fact that one of my original Breakfast Club girls has returned to a scary place in Africa to help provide maternal health care. I will resume writing it when I get past the “omg omg is she ok?!” worry freak out phase.

Much love to you all. Thank you for your concern. It’s nice to know my readers care! (and that I have so many readers)

In the meantime, I AM updating my Twitter: @gradstdntwlupus


(nope not Gossip Girl – but you watch that show a couple of times and almost expect to hear those words after “xoxo” don’t you?)

Honesty at the Outset

I want to begin by stating that I will try to be as honest as possible as I write this blog. I am starting it with the hopes that it will not only help me connect with other people in my situation, but will also help the family and friends of people with lupus understand what their loved ones are going through. That being said, I’m sorry to say that I will do my best to keep my identity under wraps. The sad truth is that lupus isn’t a disease I want all my classmates and future co-workers, bosses, etc to know I have. I know this makes it sound like I am ashamed of my diagnosis, but that isn’t the case at all. Rather, I worry about the judgment they might make of my capabilities. Unfortunately, they may be right at times. Lupus isn’t a disease that allows for consistent work ethic, let alone late hours and early mornings. It doesn’t mean that I won’t be a diligent worker, but I don’t want them making assumptions about my capabilities before they even meet me. More over, I would like to retain my right to privacy about the state of my health.

I was first diagnosed at 16, when I was a university student. It was a long process to diagnosis. I was passed around from doctor to doctor. Through many tests, possible diagnoses, and prescriptions – some of which badly reacted with each other. I was in and out of the hospital throughout it and the trial is pretty clearly depicted on my grade transcripts. Professors weren’t very understanding and it never occurred to me to take some time off. I haven’t had a flare up in over 5 years, and was generally considered in remission by my doctor. This meant no meds, rare check ins, and generally I was almost able to forget I had lupus at all were it not for the residual joint pain and swelling I still experienced.

I am now a graduate student, who is finding that it is quite a struggle to fight a lupus flare up and stay in school. I can’t afford to take time off, but staying in school (i.e. not failing out) is not an easy task on its own let alone with an active flare.  I’m lucky that its not hitting my kidneys, but that doesn’t make it any harder to live with. To be honest, sometimes I think my friends actually have a harder time understanding it precisely because of that though. I just don’t seem ill to them. When the doctor told me that I was, indeed, having a flare, he told me that I would have to relearn my limits. He said that while I might think that I remember how bad it can get, I probably don’t. He was right.