Where have I been?


I have a good excuse this time. šŸ™‚

Two weeks ago, I moved back to Charlotte, NC. It’s been a long time coming…

I moved to Greensboro, NC two years ago for professional reasons. Yes, I learned a lot. Yes, I was very pleased with my doctors, my trainer , my nutritionist etc…Yes, I met a handful of people who I hope to never ever lose touch with…


Greensboro and I were not compatible for many reasons. I like diversity. Diversity of people, diversity of opportunity. I sadly found myself in a place where I worked so hard to live well but had no real quality of life as far as opportunity. I have been absolutely miserable since day one. But that is subject matter for another entire blog and one that I will not be writing as I don’t want to dwell on negativity. I also think that would be disrespectful to the people who live there that I love. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it’s wrong for them.

On the flip side, I will admit that my misery allowed for laser like focus on my health. I never would’ve stopped to make time for cooking, training, and educating myself on true wellness. And now that I’ve had that opportunity, I don’t intend to lose sight of that. So while I can say some pretty brutal things about my time there, thank you Greensboro for giving me the space to get a real handle and make great strides in my health.

I am blessed and lucky to work for a company who let me transfer back. And that I have done.

The last few months have been exhausting . Being in two places at once is hard on someone 100% healthy. Throw RA into the equation and you know how that goes.

I took all of last week off to settle in and let’s just say I did a fair amount of unpacking but I did even more resting and taking it easy.

I was flaring pretty badly up to the day of the move, and it was gone within two days. I always underestimate the value of taking time for yourself and allow me to say: be ye not so stupid!!!

Stay tuned for more regular blogging. I’m still in the phase where I’m walking and driving around with a big stupid grin on my face about being back here. But I still have lots to say and hope to be able to say it with more frequency now that I’m back where I need to be. šŸ™‚

11 responses »

  1. Moving–and changing–is hard. I’m glad there was a silver lining to Greensboro (in my experience, everything and every situation has one), and I’m glad you’re back where your heart and mind feel free and at home. That’s just wonderful!

  2. I admire your courage. Those who have a fighting spirit have sometimes are hard on themselves…but also sometimes have more victories. Keep yourself centered and avoid anxiety. Anxiety is hard to avoid, but it helps if you can.

  3. Hi….I just found ur blog today. I moved to Greensboro about 1.5 years ago. I made the move bc of my RA. I am much older than u, and I needed to be closer to my family as I am now disabled and unable to work any longer. If you wouldn’t mind, would it be possible to email me with any info u have about a good rheumatologist in the area? I find myself struggling with this since my move. Heck, I’d even be happy to drive to Charlotte for a gr8 Rheumy!!! LOL
    Thanks and Congrats on ur move back to Charlotte….it’s a gr8 city and I hope u will be very happy there!!

    • Michelle,
      If you are looking for a great Rheumatologist, let me know. I am in the Charlotte area, as well. Although I am in the beginning stages of getting my RA under control, we were referred to a great place. And the people that work there, have been amazing in this new “adventure” in my life.

      • Hi Jen! So nice to meet another Charlotte RAer! If you ever want to meet up, let me know. Also, I’d love to know which dr you’d recommend. Mine has moved on and while my current plan is to stay with my dr in Greensboro, having a name on file just in case would be great.


      • Amanda,
        Thank you! šŸ™‚
        I sent you an email with my DR that I use, and I would be more than happy to recommend him to anyone else that is needing one, in the area.

  4. I just came across your blog today.. this past week, I was officially diagnosed with RA (was just waiting on blood work etc), as I had to wait 2 months to see my specialist, for the first time.. So I am in the very beginning stages of getting this disease under control (my symptoms started well over 5 years ago, though)
    I also live in Charlotte (moved here only 2 years ago). Welcome back to Charlotte, and you have a new follower šŸ™‚
    Thank you.

  5. I am 10 years now with RA. All of the meds I took caused me nothing but more pain and suffering. I wish I could exercise like that, good for you. Plus I have myositis and osteo of the knees. I have a stationary bike when I can tolerate it. I am now on Celebrex and supplements. But gee I wish I had more muscle tone, I’ll sure work on that as soon as I can get my pain under control…best of luck to you.

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