When I started this blog back in 2016, I was feeling like I was in crisis mode with my SI joints. The problem had been going on for five years, and I was at the point of wondering whether I’d ever get better.
When I began this blog, I was basically saying “fuck it” to everything– to my years of holding back, of questioning myself, of wondering if the people who told me I spent too much time focusing on my health problems were right.
If you’d asked me then if I ever thought I’d be able to provide answers to other people… well, I’m not sure I would have believed what’s happened with this blog.
My Sacroiliac Joint Saga has been growing month by month, and this past August, I got over 2,500 page views for the month. That’s right– 2,500.
I never would have believed I’d be able to share what I’d learned with so many people. And my traffic seems to be growing by the day, as more and more people find me (finally, it seems awareness of SI joint dysfunction is growing!).
What I wanted to ask:
I have been getting a lot of emails from people looking for help, and as I’ve mentioned before, I really appreciate getting these emails for a number of reasons. For one thing, it lets me know I’m doing something right here, if random strangers from the Internet want to know my opinion.
Getting questions from readers also gives me new ideas of what to write about, and also gives me practice for when I am someday a PT. Because people ask about every dimension of their problem– not just the mechanics of the joint itself, but psychological; emotional; how to find the right doctor. These are all questions I will spend my career answering, and the “how” isn’t necessarily something you learn in PT school.
So, for those of you who are comfortable, I wanted to ask a quick favor:
Could you let me know if it would be okay for me to publish your emails, and my answers on this blog? I will absolutely never share your name, or email address, or any personal details.
I think it might be helpful for other people out there, who are also struggling, but don’t have the courage to reach out (or who aren’t sure what questions to ask).
I’ve responded to a bunch of readers who I think might have benefited from being able to see what I said to other individuals. I’m able to take on a different, much more personalized tone than I do in my more generalized, anatomy-based posts.
So, if you aren’t comfortable, please– no pressure at all. But if you are planning to reach out to me, and this seems like something you would be okay with, could you maybe let me know in your message?
Here’s an example from a reader named Kerry, who gave me permission to share her email.
Anyway, that’s all for now! I appreciate your reading this, and your consideration.
Hope everyone’s about to have a great weekend!