Share your story on my blog!

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Hi everyone–

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!

2 thoughts on “Share your story on my blog!

  1. Rachael Mitchell says:

    Hi Christy, I recently found your blog which is really interesting. I’ve had a dysfunctional SI Joint since shortly after I was born in 1971 due to a heavy handed midwife who twisted my pelvis whilst checking my hips. She assured my mum that the blood curdling scream was just because I was cold. It was only when I couldn’t do a forward roll, jump a hurdle and I kept collapsing on the floor when my SI Joint locked or my hip clicked/dislocated. I was 8 when I fell down a flight of concrete stairs at school and hit my head because I collapsed whilst walking down them but, still the doctors thought it was all in my head.
    I struggled for many years whilst growing up and was always told the pain was in my head then at 18, I was told I could have a hip replacement when I was 50!
    I was frustrated with that comment and was left having some unsuccessful physio when they tried to grind down the gristle on the joint (which was excruciatingly painful) and taking voltarol. In 2002 my L5 disc became prolapsed which caused even the pain to be the worst I’d ever experienced. It feels like my leg is the wrong way (like taking the leg off a doll and the putting it on backwards). I now have arthritis in my facet joints on my left side and constant bursitis in my hip.
    I was told my pelvis could have been manipulated back befor the disc became prolapsed.
    I now have other medical conditions as a result of being on medication for so long and I rely on 37 tablets daily just to get out of bed and function in any way.
    I do work and I’m a director of a company so I’m lucky that I can work at home if necessary.
    I’ve suffered with this condition for all of my 47 years and I know there’s no cure for my condition but, it’s great to read your story.
    Rachael

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    • sunlight in winter says:

      Hi Rachael, I’m so sorry to hear about all this– this really is quite a story! Especially the part about the midwife causing your initial injury– I can see how that could happen, especially because the SI joint ligaments are already vulnerable during pregnancy. How awful that she didn’t have more awareness. That’s definitely a story I’ll keep in mind as I keep working on this blog and educating others on the SI joint.

      But on a more positive note… I’m so happy to hear my blog has been helpful 🙂 Please let me know if there are any questions I can answer!

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